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Why Women Wear What they Wear

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Each morning we establish an image and an identity for ourselves through the simple act of getting dressed. Why Women Wear What They Wear presents an intimate ethnography of clothing choice. The book uses real women's lives and clothing decisions - observed and discussed at the moment of getting dressed - to illustrate theories of clothing, the body and identity. Woodward ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published December 15th 2007 by Berg Publishers (first published November 1st 2007)
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Hannah Givens
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
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Three stars for my casual/curiosity read, but if you were doing any kind of research that intersected with this topic, the book would be invaluable. It's clear, not too academically-phrased but still on a solid theoretical foundation, interesting and on-topic, and not longer than it needs to be.
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p.17 The Embodied Self That women may judge their own bodies so critically is hardly surprising given the current proliferation of television programmes, magazines and advertisements which promote the increasingly unrealistic ideal body. The expectation on women to appear (Berger, 1972) involves not only having the right outfit, but also having the right body underneath it. Cultural norms of femininity and beauty construct and define what the ideal body should look like and also
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Womens' relationships with clothes- fascinating case studies of several women and how and why they dress in certain things. Read and prepare to reflect on your own wardrobe. I read this mostly in my 'home clothes', sometimes pyjamas. Just so you know.
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