Commitment and Conversion from a Cross-cultural Perspective
Edited by Linda B. Arthur
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Undressing Religion by Linda B. Arthur
Book DescriptionFrom Islam to Confucianism to Voodoo, dress plays a pivotal role in religious expression. This book investigates how dress symbolically evidences both religious and social systems across a wide range of cultures - from Africa and South America to Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Caribbean. In some of these cultures, dress is part of a system of social control. Gender issues feature prominently since the control of female sexuality is often of great importance to the world's religions. Members of each ethno-religious group actively construct their own lives, and use dress symbolically. A central tenet for many of these groups is that the soul is visually manifested on the body through dress. Drawing on rich ethnographic case studies, this wide-ranging and interdisciplinary volume represents a major contribution to the study of both religion and dress.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859734803
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Religion, Dress and the Body, Paperback (May 1999)» View all books by Linda B. Arthur
Dress provides a window for viewing culture, because it visually attests to the salient ideas, concepts and categories fundamental to that culture. This text examines how the metaphor of appearance is used within religious groups in the USA, to express religiosity, ethnicity and gender norms.
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Author Biography - Linda B. Arthur
Linda B. Arthur Professor and Department Chair,Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design, Washington State University
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