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Religion, Dress and the Body (Dress, Body, Culture) Hardcover – May 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-1859732922 ISBN-10: 1859732925

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Product Details

  • Series: Dress, Body, Culture
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859732925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859732922
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,551,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Linda B. Arthur is a Professor and Department Chair, Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design, Washington State University.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L.Skifforstd on December 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book lets us peek into the way cultures that have a religious base actually use clothing to express cultural values. The relationship between identity and how it is manifested by people and groups is the focus of this exciting book. Each chapter is by a different author who has done serious research. Some are historical studies, though most are ethnographic, an in-depth form of research. The American religious groups covered in the book include Amish, Mennonite, Mormon, Jewish, Catholic Nuns, African-American, Native American and even Muslims in Omaha.
Even though this book was done by scholars, it is easy to read and is quite enjoyable.
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