The Force of Fashion in Politics and Society: Global Perspectives From Early Modern To Contemporary Times

by Beverly Lemire

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Throughout history, fashion has emerged as a powerful driving forces determining the political, economic and social ramifications of the production, distribution and circulation of goods. Indeed fashion shapes the relationship between self and society in unique ways. In this light, the collected papers in this volume position fashion as the lens through which to analyze and understand cultural, economic and political shifts within a broad spectrum of societies in Europe, Asia, Africa and America from the seventeenth to twenty-first centuries. Topics include a seventeenth-century failing fashion region, the material politics of marketing American abolitionist fashions, the construction of a fashionable ethos for French perfumes, and the use and meanings of clothing and textiles in politics. This volume represents a shift in scholarship towards a deeper understanding of the role of fashion in modern history and will appeal to international readers interested in material culture, fashion, consumer studies and cultural anthropology.

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