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The International Politics Of Fashion

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This book seeks to address and fill a puzzling omission in contemporary critical IR scholarship. Following on from the aesthetic turn in IR, critical and 'postmodern' IR has produced an impressive array of studies into movies, literature, music and art and the way these media produce, mediate, and represent international politics. By contrast, the proponents of the aesthetic turn have consistently overlooked and ignored fashion as a source of knowledge about global politics.

Yet stories about the political role of fashion abound in the news media. In Afghanistan, the terror of the Taliban regime and the plight of women was illustrated by reference to the burqa that women are supposedly forced to wear there. In Sudan, recently a female writer and activist successfully challenged the government over her right to wear trousers in public. In Europe, the debate on women's headscarves has politicised a garment item and turned it into a symbol of fundamentalism and oppression. In the war on terror, orange jumpsuits are used on both sides to dehumanise and mark the figure of the 'detainee'. Yet the politics of fashion go beyond these examples of the uses and abuses of textiles and fabrics for political purposes, extending into its very 'grammar' and vocabulary.

The contributions to this book will investigate the politics of fashion from a variety of perspectives, addressing theoretical as well as empirical issues, establishing the critical study of fashion and its protagonists as a central contribution to the aesthetic turn in international politics.

This work will be a unique contribution to the field and will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, critical IR theory and popular culture and world politics.


Fashioning Society

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Fashioning Society tells the story of the period from the 1860s to the 1970s, a time when a succession of haute couture designers-most notably, Charles Worth, Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent-were the arbiters of fashion, and their creations were the weapon of choice for power-seeking members of the aristocracy and upper classes. The book explores the ways in which high fashion designers and their maisons mutually influenced the fine arts and sociological, technological, philosophical, and political developments. The author compares the "hundred years of fashion" to the current relationship of haute couture with other aspects of world culture and civilization. In addressing the question, "What has happened to high fashion design?" it presents what students of style and fashion should consider when trying to understand and predict broad trends.Features:-- "Looking Forward/Looking Back," demonstrates how motives similar to those that drove relationship between high fashion and society during the hundred years of fashion continue to affect those interactions today-- End-of-chapter boxes contain extracts from recent newspaper articles to generate discussion comparing the role of high fashion in the past and present-- The timeline in the appendix provides a chronological framework of events and trends-- 16-page color insert illustrates key examples of the work of the six designers whose stories form the core of the narrative


Ymba It's My Business Fashion Design

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The YMBA educational series is designed with Middle School (grades 6 to 9) students in mind. The YMBA It's My Business: Fashion Design is an exciting workbook that can be enjoyed independently or as a capstone to the YMBA learning workbook series. YMBA Fashion Design provides students with a workbook that combines topics from the YMBA learning workbooks as students CHOOSE their OWN business decisions in this decide-as-you-go format. At the completion of the workbook students score their decisions and view their business results.

The YMBA series presents one topic at a time in adetailed and simple to understand format. Ideas are approached and discussed in a variety of methods to capture a students learning style.

Business concepts are generally introduced to students at the end of high school or in college. YMBA believes students can achieve an understanding of the business world and life skills with the use of comprehensive introduction style learning workbooks. YMBA topics are discussed using relevant examples that are based on familiar student scenarios. This pattern keeps students engaged and actively learning by asking for on-going student input. In the It's My Business series the decisions made by the student are tabulated at the end of workbooks so students can compute the success of their own decisions. As a student completes the learning workbook you will likely see a demonstration of pride and confidence in their new business and daily life skills.

Recognizing business aspects and interactions in a marketplace will establish a foundation for learning the aspects of any profession to one day be chosen by the student. YMBA skills are in every industry and understanding business and daily life skills is essential for future success.

So why wait?

Achieve more with YMBA learning workbooks and provide a path for future accomplishment.


Impairment And Disability

RRP $610.99

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This book explores legislation intended to protect the interests of people with disabilities or impairments. Considering a broad range of ethical and legal concerns which arise in issues of life, death and disability, it covers the social and legal responses to the equality rights of disabled people, focusing on those responses to:

  • the right to life
  • the end of life
  • assisted suicide.

This work engages with contemporary debates, examines case studies and explores the problems surrounding many legal concepts within the context of disability and impairment. The authors argue that it is crucial to distinguish between unjust discrimination and differential treatment and unify the disagreements surrounding the issues by highlighting ethical ideals that should be shared by all stakeholders in life and death decisions that impact on people with disabilities.

Topical and contemporary, this book is a perfect supplementary text for students of all levels and researchers working in the areas of law, applied ethics and disability theory.


Old-fashioned Farm Life Coloring Book

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Forty-three accurately rendered illustrations depict detailed scenes of kitchen chores (churning butter, preparing foods); seasonal occupations (shearing sheep, mowing hay, "harvesting" and "sugaring off" maple syrup); plowing, planting, other activities. Fact-filled captions. Published in association with Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village.



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