The Empire of Fashion: Dressing Modern Democracy (New French by Gilles Lipovetsky,Richard Sennett,Catherine Porter

By Gilles Lipovetsky,Richard Sennett,Catherine Porter

In a booklet packed with playful irony and extraordinary insights, the arguable social thinker Gilles Lipovetsky attracts at the historical past of style to illustrate that the fashionable cult of visual appeal and superficiality really serves the typical sturdy. targeting garments, physically deportment, intercourse roles, sexual practices, and political rhetoric as different types of "fashion" Lipovetsky bounds throughout thousand years of heritage, displaying how the evolution of style from an upper-class privilege right into a automobile of renowned expression heavily follows the increase of democratic values. while Tocqueville feared that mass tradition may create passive voters incapable of political reasoning, Lipovetsky argues that latest industrially produced type bargains many selections, which in flip allow shoppers to turn into complicated members inside a consolidated, democratically trained society. Superficiality fosters tolerance between assorted teams inside a society, claims Lipovetsky. to research fashion's position in smoothing over social clash, he abandons category research in want of an inquiry into the symbolism of lifestyle and the production of ephemeral wish. Lipovetsky examines the malaise skilled by way of those that, simply because they could satisfy such a lot of wishes, lose their feel of identification. His conclusions bring up worrying questions about own pleasure and discomfort in smooth democracy.

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