Cultural and Historical studies assingment

Cultural and Historical studies assingment

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“Fashion…provides individuals with a key means through which to manage their identities in the context of everyday life”. Bennett, A.( 2005). Culture and Everyday

Life. London: Sage. p. 98.

Discuss this statement with reference to individual examples.

Your essay (2000 words) must be presented in academic format, with bibliography and references.

Your answer should include:
• Reference to key themes, debates and concepts covered in the unit
• Referenced quotations (using Harvard referencing) from at least four academic texts – at least two of which should be from the unit Reader – to support your argument
• A critical analysis of examples relevant to your degree subject
• The conventions of academic writing

Please note there is a required presentation style for essays: –
• Assessments should be printed on white/cream paper, using a formal font (eg: Ariel, font size 11).
• Lines must be double-spaced.

Fashion and Gender

Key texts

Barnard, M. (2002) Fashion, clothing, sex and gender (I and II), in M. Barnard Fashion as Communication London: Routledge.
Very short, very useful, overview of discussions regarding gender and fashion

Edwards, T. (2006) What are you looking at? Masculinity, performativity and fashion, in Cultures of Masculinity London: Routledge.
Useful discussion of masculinity and fashion in relationship to the idea of performativity

Kaiser, S. B. (2012) Gendering Fashion, Fashioning Gender: Beyond Binaries, in Fashion and Cultural Studies. Oxford: Berg.
Very useful discussion of the relationship between fashion and gender.

? Negrin, L. (2008) Feminism and Fashion, in Appearance and Identity: Fashioning the body in postmodernism Basingstoke: Macmillan.
Useful discussion of the relationship between feminism and fashion, sensitive to distinctions between ‘second’ and ‘third’ wave approaches

Further Reading

Beckingham, C. (2005) Is Fashion a Woman’s Right? Brighton: Sussex Academic Press.
Very useful discussion of the relationship between feminist values and fashion in both historical and contemporary contexts, concluding that it is a “potential source

of joy”.

? Black, P. (2004) “’Ordinary people come through here’ Introducing the work of the beauty salon”, in The Beauty Industry: Gender, Culture, Pleasure. London:

Excellent analysis of the beauty salon and a thoughtful riposte to its critics

Buckley, C. and H. Fawcett. (2002) Fashioning the Feminine: Representation and Women’s Fashion from the Fin de Siecle to the Present London: I.B. Tauris.
Explores the ambiguous sexual politics of fashion in a number of twentieth century historical contexts – chapter 5 – which explores young women’s fashion in

contemporary Newcastle – is particularly relevant.
Church-Gibson, P. (2000) Redressing the Balance: Patriarchy, Postmodernism and Feminism, in S. Bruzzi and P. Church-Gibson (eds.) Fashion Cultures: Theories,

Explorations and Analysis London: Routledge.
Discussion of the shifting, and often ambivalent, feminist view of fashion.

Craik, J. (1994) The Face of Fashion: Cultural Studies in Fashion London: Routledge.
Multi-perspectival study of fashion, focusing on questions of gender; sceptical of assertions that fashion is – per se – exploitative.?????
These are the academic key texs that at least 2 to be referenced , when I talked with my teacher I said my topic will be gender and it will be about flat shoes being

fashionable for women’s my teacher suggested , stay focused on one topic , I want to see draft before I see final document . Thanks


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