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Fashion, Culture, and Identity Paperback – September 1, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0226138091 ISBN-10: 0226138097

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (September 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226138097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226138091
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Davis (emeritus professor of sociology, Univ. of California-San Diego) discusses several intriguing theories about fashion's social and psychological significance in modern culture. What makes clothes fashion; how fashions evolve; how fashion choices express social status, gender identity, sexuality, and conformity; and how fashion is (or is not) accepted are all discussed, Davis having reviewed over 200 sources of writings by social scientists and fashion students. Especially good is the chapter on the dynamics of certain groups' intentional resistance to fashion. Davis does propose a few of his own ideas, always backed up by the literature. The work would have been enlivened by increased emphasis on Davis's actual interviews with designers, editors, and manufacturers, whose opinions are only briefly summarized. This book is a good basis for further reading, but lay readers will need handy access to an unabridged dictionary to cope with the scholarly language. For academic and specialized collections.
- Therese D. Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T.F. on January 4, 2007
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I just wanted to offer an alternative viewpoint to P.Campbell's review. What they say is correct, in that there is a lot of academic language in this book, but I think only to a degree that is appropriate to the level the book is aimed at.

The book refers to the 'dialectic' of fashion, there's a lot of 'mediating the body' etc, and true, Mr Davis does use the word 'apercu', which I will admit is nearly unforgiveable, when 'perception' would have done just as well.

However overall this book reads in tone pretty similar to an issue of 'Dress, Body, Culture'. It's a standard text for graduate research - you HAVE to read this if you are serious about fashion theory. It's really pretty accessible for a university level text; much more so than Barthe's fashion writing.

So, although it's not for everyone,I found this is a clear and insightful look at the way our culture and our dress influence each other.
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Anyone who loves studying about fashion will enjoy this book. It presents and comments on the major fashion theories, and it is not overly academic. I definitely recommend it!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louise Schubert on August 20, 2013
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This book is a psychologist's dream, but not so much for those who are interested in finding a fashion identity or making a fashion statement.
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