3. The fashioned body

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KEY TERMS
Discourse Analysis
Discursive Context
Gender discourse
Health discourse
Heteronormative
Body Management
Narcissism
Body Modification
Cosmetic Surgery

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SUMMARY
It is tempting to be to think we can point to a natural body, somewhere beneath the layers of dress. The body is modified culturally, but that does not mean we can locate its nature beneath our regulated slender and muscle-trained bodies. Since many of the theorists in this session see the body as a linguistic construction, it is through our use of words and, in consumer cultures, images that seem to bypass conscious use of discourses, that we should look if we want to evaluate our own agency in the management of our bodies.

DISCOURSE FORMATIONS Michel Foucault
> Knowledge is constructed through disciplines, which are themselves institutionally grounded bodies of discourse that constitute what can become objects of knowledge and who has authority to speak about them.
> Knowledge is what is representable in sanctioned discourses.
>’will to truth … relies on institutional support: it is both reinforced and accompanied by whole strata of practices such as pedagogy–naturally–the book-system, publishing, libraries, such as the learned societies in the past, and laboratories today’
The Archaeology of Knowledge
> is a model for looking at the uses and effects of discourse in its social contexts.
> is a model for the history of ideas and theory itself.
> Discourse systematically forms the objects of which it speaks, constitutes objects of knowledge per se.
Power/Knowledge
”Truth’ is linked in a circular relation with systems of power which produce and sustain it, and to effects of power which it induces

INTERACTIVE LECTURE PREZI LINK HERE

BOOKS ON THE BODY
Featherstone, Hepworth and Turner. 1991 The Body: Social Process and Cultural Theory SAGE
Sennett, Richard. 1994. Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization NORTON
Shilling, Chris. 2003 The Body and Social Theory SAGE
Turner, Bryan. 1996.The Body and Society, SAGE

REQUIRED READERS

Dene October: The Big Shave. Please Reference as: October, Dene (2008) The Big Shave: Modernity and Fashions Men’s Facial Hair [in] ‘Hair: Styling and Fashions’. London: Berg

Garner. CHAPTER 3 The Celebration of the Fashion Image. Fashion as photograph, Ed Shinkle. 2008. I B Tauris

Jones. 21. New Clothes, New Faces: Cosmetic Surgery. Fashion Cultures Revisited. 2013. Routledge

Lewis. 23. Hijab Stories. Fashion Cultures Revisited. 2013. Routledge

RESEARCH METHODS MATERIALS

Research Projects

Student Research Toolkit

Oral Histories Popular History Group pdf

RECOMMENDED READERS
Cunningham, Patricia. “Beyond Artifact and Object Chronology.” Dress 14 (1988): 76–79
Cunnington, Phillis and C. Willett. The History of Underclothes. Dover, 1992
Davis, Fred. Fashion, Culture, and Identity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992.
Hollander, Anne. Fabrics of Vision: Dress and Drapery in Painting. London: National Gallery, 2002.
Hooper-Greenhill, Eileen. Museums and the Interpretation of Visual Culture. London: Routledge, 2000.
Waugh, Norah. Corsets and Crinolines. Routledge/Theatre Arts Books, 2004

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