Uniforms: Why We Are What We Wear

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 13, 2003 - Design - 204 pages
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According to the renowned social critic and historian Paul Fussell, we are what we wear, and it doesn't look good. Uniforms parses the hidden meanings of our apparel -- from brass buttons to blue jeans, badges to feather flourishes -- revealing what our clothing says about class, sex, and our desire to belong. With keen insight and considerable curmudgeonly flair, Fussell unfolds the history and cultural significance of all manner of attire, fondly analyzing the roles that uniforms play in a number of communities -- the military, the church, health care, food service, sports -- even everyday civilian life. Uniforms is vintage Fussell: "revelatory, ribald, and irresistible" (Shirley Hazzard).
  

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User Review  - benjamin7857 - LibraryThing

Maybe it's just me, but I am confused as to what relevance this book's subtitle has to its contents. 'Uniforms: Why We Are What We Wear' surely implies a relationship between uniforms and human ... Read full review

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User Review  - auntieknickers - LibraryThing

This is a collection of very short meanderings on the subject of uniforms by someone who used to know what he was talking about. Paul Fussell's [book:The Great War and Modern Memory] was a really good ... Read full review

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Contents

A Thing About Uniforms
1
Colorful Tights for Men?
8
Sturdy Shoulders and Trim Fit
11
Russian Uniform Culture
16
The German Way
19
Vain than Others?
28
Admiral Zumwalts Big Mistake
30
Brass Buttons
35
Uniforms of the Sporting Life
113
Stigmatic Uniforms
121
Weirdos
126
Ernest Hemingway SemiWeirdo
132
Higher Learning
136
Japan as a Uniform Culture
140
Academic Full Dress
142
Pretties
146

Generals Dress
38
Blue Jeans
48
The Rise and Fall of the Brown Jobs
53
Uniforms of the Faithful
65
Deliverers
80
Transportationists
85
Police and Their Impersonators
93
Why Arent Grave Violations of Taste Impeachable Offenses Too?
97
Youth on the Musical March
100
Doorpersons etc
105
The Pitiable Misfits of the Klan
110
Chefs in Their Whites
153
The Nurses Revolt
156
Little Sailor Suits
159
Uniforming the Scouts and Others
162
Womens Nuptial Uniform
167
BroadBrimmed Hats
170
Civilian Uniformities
174
Keepsakes
183
Notes Toward the Readers Own Theory of Uniforms
186
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About the author (2003)

Paul Fussell is the author of, among other works, Class and The Great War and Modern Memory, which won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named by the Modern Library as one of the twentieth century's one hundred best nonfiction books. He lives in Philadelphia.

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