Common Threads: A Cultural History of Clothing in American by Sally Dwyer-McNulty

By Sally Dwyer-McNulty

A well-illustrated cultural background of the attire worn by means of American Catholics, Sally Dwyer-McNulty's Common Threads unearths the transnational origins and homegrown importance of garments in constructing identification, cohesion, and a feeling of respectability for a tremendous spiritual team that had lengthy struggled for its footing in a Protestant-dominated society frequently overtly adversarial to Catholics. concentrating on those that wore the main visually precise clothes--priests, girls spiritual, and schoolchildren--the tale starts off within the 1830s, whilst so much American monks have been overseas born and wore quite a few clerical types. Dwyer-McNulty tracks and analyzes alterations in Catholic garments throughout the 20 th century and into the current, which reveals the hot Pope Francis selecting to put on undeniable black sneakers instead of ornate pink ones.

Drawing on insights from the examine of fabric tradition and of lived faith, Dwyer-McNulty demonstrates how the visible lexicon of garments in Catholicism can point out gender ideology, age, and sophistication. certainly, garments itself has develop into one of those Catholic language, no matter if expressing shared devotional stories or entwined with debates approximately schooling, authority, and where of faith in American society.

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