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Description - Undressing Religion by Linda Arthur

From 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 Details

ISBN: 9781859734803
ISBN-10: 1859734804
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Pages: 236
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Linda Arthur

Linda B. Arthur Professor and Department Chair,Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design, Washington State University

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