What we wear are choices made amid a myriad of factors – including class, race, gender, sexuality, wealth, education, and religion. This course challenges you to question assumptions about people based on an examination of clothing choices and bodily practices. It also addresses the political implications of bodily coverings and what these express – domination/rebellion, fashion/anti-fashion, group belonging/group exclusion. Using examples from multicultural Britain and comparative material, you will examine how culture impacts dress and bodily practice. You will also consider the wider implications of clothing production, consumption, disposal and reuse as part of industrialized society. Meets with SOC 300.1.
Semesters: Fall, Spring