9781859735824

Fashioning the Body Politic Dress, Gender, Citizenship

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    9781859735824

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    1859735827

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-05-01
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Notes on Contributors ix
List of Illustrations
xi
Introduction: (Ad)dressing Citizens
1(18)
Wendy Parkins
The Formation and Currency of a Vestimentary Stereotype: The Sans-culotte in Revolutionary France
19(30)
Richard Wrigley
Subjects into Citizens: The Politics of Clothing in Imperial Russia
49(22)
Christine Ruane
Tailoring the Nation: Fashion Writing in Nineteenth-Century Argentina
71(26)
Regina A. Root
The Epidemic of Purple, White and Green': Fashion and the Suffragette Movement in Britain 1908-14
97(28)
Wendy Parkins
Scouts, Guides, and the Fashioning of Empire, 1919-39
125(20)
Tammy M. Proctor
Peeking Under the Black Shirt: Italian Fascism's Disembodied Bodies
145(22)
Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi
Camisas Nuevas: Style and Uniformity in the Falange Espanola 1933-43
167(22)
Mary Vincent
Blankets: The Visible Politics of Indigenous Clothing in Australia
189(16)
Margaret Maynard
Children's Day: The Fashionable Performance of Modern Citizenship in China
205(12)
Stephanie Hemelryk Donald
Afterthought: Redressing the Balance in Historiography
217(10)
Roger Griffin
Bibliography 227(26)
Index 253

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