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The Fabricated Self : the role of clothing in identity development

Boomsma, Y.B. (2020) The Fabricated Self : the role of clothing in identity development.

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Abstract:Our identity is constituted in our interactions with and through the clothes we wear, as well as our perception and experience of the world around us. Clothing and its wearer co-constitute each other, as clothes are given meaning by being worn. Simultaneously, the clothes are giving meaning or expression to the wearer’s identity as well. However, another dimension needs our attention; the clothes we wear further impact how others perceive us and how they interact with us based on that perception affects our sense of self again. To fully capture the complexity of clothes, this thesis will explicate the following three dimensions. 1) The effect of clothes on a person’s self-image. 2) The impact of clothes on the onlooker’s perception of the wearer and the interaction between them. 3) The influence of the social structure in which these interactions take place on the way we dress and portray ourselves.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
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