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Religion dress and the body (Dress, : Dress, Body, Culture (Hardcover) - Linda B Arthur

Religion dress and the body (Dress,

Dress, Body, Culture (Hardcover)

Hardcover Published: 5th January 1999
ISBN: 9781859732922
Number Of Pages: 220

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Religions constrain the bodies of their members through dress. In many cases, dress immediately identifies a member of the community to the outside world and separates them from a society that members believe is threatened by evil forces. Dress identifies the wearer's community to other groups and communities, and may also reflect one's status. Most interestingly, perhaps, dress is a measure of one's level of commitment to the community. While communities vary greatly in terms of what is permissible, strict conformity to internal codes invariably is interpreted as a sign of piety, whereas deviation implies at best self-indulgence and at worst contempt for community values. In order to control sexuality, women's bodies in particular are constrained in religious communities in terms of emotional expression, diet, and especially dress. This book investigates dress in American religious communities as a vital component of the social control of cultures, and also examines how people express themselves despite religious constraints. Gender issues feature prominently since the control of female sexuality within religious communities is a matter of vital concern to its members. Drawing on rich ethnographic case studies, this wide-ranging and interdisciplinary represents a major contribution to the study of both religion and dress.

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"[The book] is a series of excellent academic papers which have been the result of much detailed research and describes, separately, the background to this research, all of which took place in the United States of America." --Costume

"Few editions offer such coherent and internally varied coverage of their subject . . . This will become an indispensable text for academic experts and the interested lay reader alike on the dressed worlds of denominations, sects, cults and religious orders." --Journal of Contemporary Religion

"This volume constitutes an important precursor for an emerging field, examining how tensions between socioreligious communities and individual bodies are often played out in dress." --American Ethnologist

"Scholarship reflects varied use of archival documents, participant observation, and in-depth interviews . . . promises to stimulate readers to pursue more in-depth investigations and penetrating analyses of dress, religious life, gender identity, and agency." --Dress

"In bringing a religious dimension to the study of dress/body/material culture, [this book] goes some way to demonstrating the substantive state of the art in this increasingly fashionable yet under-worked area." --Body and Society

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
List of Illustrationsp. xiii
Introdiction:Dress and the Social Control of the Bodyp. 1
Referencesp. 7
The Social Control of Women's Bodies in Two Mennonite Communitiesp. 9
Referencesp. 28
Sacred Dress,Public Words: Amish and Mormon Experience and Commitmentp. 31
Referencesp. 50
The Polynesian Clutural Center and the Mormon Image of the Body:Images of Paradise on Laie,Hawai'ip. 53
Referencesp. 69
The Obedient and Disobedient Daughters of the Church: Stragite Mormon Dress as a Mode of Controlp. 73
Notesp. 91
Referencesp. 92
Dress the Negotation of Relationships between the Eastern Dakota and Euroamericans in Nineteenth-Century Minnesotap. 95
Referencesp. 113
The African American Church, Its Sacred Cosmos and Dressp. 117
Notesp. 131
Referencesp. 131
Fashion and Identity of Women Religiousp. 135
Notesp. 145
Referencesp. 145
The 'paarda' Expression of Hejaab among Afghan Women in a Non-Muslim Communityp. 147
Notesp. 160
Referencesp. 161
Hasidic Women's Head Coverings:A Feminied System of Hasidic Distincitonp. 163
Notesp. 177
Referencesp. 178
Jewish Genes,Jewish Jeans: a Fashionable Bodyp. 181
Referencesp. 199
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9781859732922
ISBN-10: 1859732925
Series: Dress, Body, Culture (Hardcover)
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 5th January 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1