How do the sartorial choices made by Muslim men also reflect and reproduce particular ideas and societal norms? In my own work with young Muslims I found that men’s dress was just as meaningful women’s clothing and likewise is in conversation with larger issues of gender, religion, and power as well as race and belonging.
It’s easy to hate the bloggers. At New York Fashion Week, the premier semi-annual industry event where brands display their wares six months before they hit the stores, they often show up in packs. They strut down the sidewalk, clutching handbags and smartphones, hair streaming behind them, sleeves swaying in the breeze, while dozens of street style photographers crouch down to get shots of them. Bloggers—now often referred to with the more expansive and ambiguous title of “influencers”—are an annoyance to many industry insiders, their look-at-me antics distracting from the “serious business” of fashion. But at Fashion Week, bloggers no longer stand out. They are not anomalies, but prototypes, embodying and exemplifying the way the labor of fashion is done today.
Corseting in the popular imagination is rife with myths: it was a distinctly upper-class practice; women frequently died from having their laces tied too tight; the garment was inherently exotic or erotic in nature. However, what we think we know about the cultural and physical effects of corseting in the 18th and 19th centuries diverges somewhat from the evidence, and can create a discourse lacking in accuracy and scientific rigor.
Fashion has an uncanny way of conjuring the histories and memories of people and geographies—of other places in other times—for the people work to make fashion. For me, fashion is not only an object of academic inquiry, but also a way of seeing and being with people who communicate through materiality: Cloth is the center of livelihood.
Dress is personal, symbolic, and multifaceted; it is tied to taste, emulation, production, and consumption. How one covers and adorns the body is a powerful statement of political and personal identities.
As another fieldwork season comes to a close and classes, sabbaticals, and more ventures into the field begin, anthropologists are unpacking and repacking their bags. Anthropology News wants to know what’s in them. From the North Pole to the tropics, anthropologists from across the discipline’s subfields answer the question, What’s in your bag?
The issues posed by the vehicle of military commissions, access of the defense to classified evidence, impact of torture on subsequent interrogations, and relevance and category of “alien unprivileged enemy belligerent” are all in question. These legal questions are important in contesting the shape of our post-9/11 world. They are potentially precedent-setting for the still emergent law of war.
Anthropologists in the field or at the desk usually take great care to protect the privacy of their sources and have done so even before the Institutional Review Board process developed. But with more and more communications and scholarly exchanges, as well as publications, in digital form, there comes added risk to self and the […]
A Guide to Teaching Race after Charlottesville The “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville embodied the ongoing racist ideologies that have permeated the United States since its inception. As a biological anthropologist, I was simultaneously horrified and unsurprised by the events that unfolded. I reflected on what I, as an anthropologist, could do about it—now. […]
A view on tourism and economic development from rural Cuba Expanding private business “Everyone is now crazy for renting,” my friend Julio told me during my last stay in Viñales, in the summer of 2016. Julio was referring to the boom in private tourism rentals, known as casas particulares, in this rural Cuban town. The […]