The Evolution of Somali Women's Clothing During Changing Security Contexts

Chapter Title

The Evolution of Somali Women's Clothing During Changing Security Contexts

Book Title

The International Politics of Fashion: Being Fab in a Dangerous World

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Document Type

Book Chapter

Editors

Andreas Behnke

Description

This chapter explores the relationship between dress, identities and agency in the public realm, and thus contributes to wider feminist debates about women politicians and the politics of dress and gender. It focuses on how Margaret Thatcher used dress to define her political image, draw from her upbringing to adapt and shape her dress, then analyses the different and shifting performances of dress across her life and career. Much feminist analysis of dress in contemporary British politics argues that media focus on women's dress is always damaging and marginalizing. Dress and its relationship with political culture remains an underdeveloped aspect of political sociology, international relations and history. The micro-politics of dress during the interwar years reflected and provoked broader socio-economic changes in British society. Thatcher's dress reflected and embodied her growing power in both domestic and international terms, and defined a particular form of executive style for women.

ISBN

978-0367870355

Publication Date

12-2016

Publisher

Routledge

City

London

Keywords

International, fashion, politics

Disciplines

International and Area Studies | International Relations | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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