Dressed to Impress: Looking the Part

Dressed to Impress: Looking the Part


Our costume is our identification. In gown, we are living, circulate and feature our social being. This ebook exhibits how the dressed physique is vital to the development of a recognizable identification and offers obtainable money owed of the actual costume ‘ways' linked to a substantial number of existence. Churchgoers, ballerinas, Muslim schoolgirls, glamour versions, ‘vampires', priests and state gentlemen all type a social self via costume. those cultures all have attribute sorts of showing the dressed physique for social visibility - no matter if in faith, intercourse, functionality, or in the street. unlike a lot of the literature on gown, which frequently assumes a scarcity of enterprise at the a part of the wearer, participants to this e-book concentrate on the awake manipulation of costume to mirror an id that's designed to appear ‘different'.

Why do humans decide to mark themselves off socially from others? What are the prices and merits? for each gown ‘identity', there's a corresponding set of entitlements and expectancies as to behavior and trust. ‘Priestly' our bodies inhabit a special universe of reaction from strippers, simply as ‘Gothic' our bodies adventure the general public gaze otherwise from ‘Methodist' ones. the place one glance instructions recognize in a single atmosphere, in one other it will probably incite antipathy and rejection. participants take on head-on this ‘paradox of gown' - its powerful strength to unite and divide. proof of the dressed body's social ambiguity as a medium of consensus, at the one hand, and clash, at the different, presents a glimpse via costume into an simple of social and cultural existence that has all too hardly ever been a part of historic and sociological discourse.

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