The Dress of Women: A Critical Introduction to the Symbolism and Sociology of Clothing

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - 160 páginas

Originally serialized in 1915 in The Forerunner, and never before published in book form, The Dress of Women presents Gilman's feminist sociological analysis of clothing in modern society. Gilman explores the social and functional basis for clothing, excavates the symbolic role of women's clothing in patriarchal societies, and, among other things, explicates the aesthetic and economic principles of socially responsible clothing design. The introduction, by Hill and Deegan, situates The Dress of Women within Gilman's intellectual work as a sociologist, and relates her sociological ideas to the themes she developed in some of her other works.

Although written in 1915, Gilman's treatment of clothing and dress remains relevant. This pioneering effort adds substantially to Gilman's reputation as a sociological theorist and feminist. In addition, it represents one of the earliest full-length specifically sociological analyses of clothing and the fashion industry. Ultimately, the author concludes that harmful and degrading aspects of women's dress are amenable to reform if men and women will work together rationally to change the controlling institutional patterns of the society in which they live. This groundbreaking work will appeal to those interested in Gilman, feminist theory, sociological theory, social psychology, women's literature, and women's studies.

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Prefatory Note
xxvii
Primary Motives in Clothing
3
Some Modifying Forces
11
The Principles Involved
21
Physical Health and Beauty
33
Beauty versus Sex Distinction
45
The Hat
57
Decorative Art Trimmings and Ornament
69
Larger Economic Considerations
93
The Force Called Fashion
103
Fashion and Psychology
115
Hope and Comfort
127
Notes
139
Index
145
About the Author and Editors
155
Página de créditos

Humanitarian and Economic Considerations
81

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CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN was an eminent feminist sociologist and novelist, perhaps best known for Women in Economics (1898) and, as a fiction writer, for her semi-autobiographical work The Yellow Wallpaper (1892).

MICHAEL R. HILL is an interdisciplinary social scientist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and holds doctorates in both sociology and geography. He is the author of Walking, Crossing Streets and Choosing Pedestrian Routes (1984) and Archival Strategies and Techniques (1993), and editor or co-editor of Harriet Martineau's Women and Symbolic Interaction (1987) and Gilman's With Her in Ourland: Sequel to Herland (Greenwood, 1997). He edits the journal Sociological Origins. In 2000, Hill became Chairman of the History of Sociology section of the American Sociological Association.

MARY JO DEEGAN is Professor of Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her publications include Women and Disability (1985), Jane Addams and the Men of the Chicago School, 1892-1918 (1988), American Ritual Dramas (Greenwood, 1989), and Women in Sociology: A Bio-Bibliographic Sourcebook (Greenwood, 1991). She is editor of American Ritual Tapestry (Greenwood, 1998), George Herbert Mead's Play, School, and Society (1999), Essays in Social Psychology: George Herbert Mead's First Book (forthcoming), A Voice from Chicago: The Collected Works of Fannie Barrier Williams (forthcoming), and co-editor of Women and Symbolic Interaction (1987) and Gilman's With Her in Ourland: Sequel to Herland (Greenwood, 1997).

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