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The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America
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The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America

Kate Haulman

Abstract

In eighteenth-century America, fashion served as a site of contests over various forms of gendered power. This book explores how and why fashion—both as a concept and as the changing style of personal adornment—linked gender relations, social order, commerce, and political authority during a time when traditional hierarchies were in flux. In the see-and-be-seen port cities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Charleston, fashion, a form of power and distinction, was conceptually feminized yet pursued by both men and women across class ranks. The author shows that elite men and women in these ... More

Keywords: eighteenth-century America, fashion, gendered power, gender relations, social order, commerce, traditional hierarchies, Boston, New York, Philadelphia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807834879
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807869291_haulman

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kate Haulman, author