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Fashioning the body politic : Dress, - Wendy Parkins

Fashioning the body politic


Hardcover Published: 5th January 2002
ISBN: 9781859735824
Number Of Pages: 276

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With an afterword by Roger Griffin. Fashion is often thought of as a matter of personal taste, completely unconnected with the public domain of political life and citizenship. Overturning this perspective, this absorbing book reveals that, from the French Revolution to post-revolutionary China, fashion has played a significant role in political participation and protest. Fashioning the Body Politic challenges the perception of helpless fashion victims, subject to manipulation by consumerism and the fashion industry, and shows how, in a range of historical and national contexts, certain styles of dress and display were significant for both men and women's political participation and the formation of their identities as citizens. How did 'dressing up' in a variety of ways allow suffragette women to perform unconventional forms of political protest? In what ways did the uniforms of scouts and guides function to erect gender, racial and religious boundaries? Following the ban on traditional clothing in Imperial Russia, how did Russians appropriate European fashions and ethnic costumes to fashion new identities for themselves? Using these and a wealth of other case studies, Fashioning the Body Politic offers a fresh perspective on the relationship between men, women and fashion and shows that the political domain has always been permeated with the cultural practices of dress, display and bodily performance.

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
List of Illustrationp. xi
Introduction: (ad)dressing Citizensp. 1
Notesp. 18
The Formation and Currency of a Vestimentary Stereotype: the Sans-Culotte in Revolutionary Francep. 19
Notesp. 39
Subjects into Citizens: the Politics of Clothing in Imperial Russiap. 49
Tailoring the Nation: Fashion Writing in Nineteenth-Century Argentinap. 71
Notesp. 94
'the Epidemic of Purple, White and Green': Fashion and the Suffragette Movement in Britain 1908-14p. 97
Notesp. 121
Scouts, Guides, and the Fashioning of Empire, 1-39p. 125
Peeking under the Black Shirt: Italian Fascism's Disembodied Bodiesp. 145
Notesp. 164
Camisas Nuevas: Style and Uniformity in the Falange EspaƱola 1-43p. 167
Notesp. 185
Blankets: the Visible Politics of Indigenous Clothingp. 189
Acknowledgementsp. 204
Notesp. 204
Children's Day: the Fashionable Performance of Modern Citizenship in Chinap. 205
Notesp. 216
Afterthought: Redressing the Balance in Historiographyp. 217
Notesp. 226
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9781859735824
ISBN-10: 1859735827
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 5th January 2002
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1