Uniforms: Why We Are What We Wear
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
UNIFORMS: Why We Are What We WearUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
In what he bills "a book unashamedly about appearances," the acerbic literary and social critic (The Anti-Egotist, 1994, etc.) analyzes, with varying degrees of success, what uniforms reveal about ... Read full review
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Chefs in Their Whites
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Little Sailor Suits
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Womens Nuptial Uniform
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