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Sociology of Fashion: Order and Change
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Identitet och Ordning)
2013 (English)In: Annual Review of Sociology, ISSN 0360-0572, E-ISSN 1545-2115, Vol. 39, 171-192 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we synthesize and analyze sociological understandingof fashion, with the main part of the review devoted to classical andrecent sociological work. To further the development of this largelyinterdisciplinary field, we also highlight the key points of research inother disciplines. We define fashion as an unplanned process of recurrentchange against a backdrop of order in the public realm. Weclarify this definition after tracing fashion’s origins and history. As asocial phenomenon, fashion has been culturally and economically significantsince the dawn of Modernity and has increased in importancewith the emergence of mass markets, both in terms of production andconsumption. Most research on this topic is concerned with dress, butwe argue that there are no domain restrictions that should constrainfashion theories. We identify venues around which sociologists coulddevelop further research in this field.

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2013. Vol. 39, 171-192 p.
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diffusion, distinction, identity, imitation, structure
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-203202DOI: 10.1146/annurev-soc-071811-145526ISI: 000324049100009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-203202DiVA: diva2:635493
EU, European Research Council, CEV263699Swedish Research Council, 2009–1958
Available from: 2013-07-04 Created: 2013-07-04 Last updated: 2013-10-21Bibliographically approved

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