"Non muoiono i vestiti": stili di povertà e circuiti degli abiti

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] "Clothes don't die": styles of poverty and circuits of clothes

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Abstract

The paper reports the results of a research that has studied poverty in an unusual perspective, the aesthetics in everyday life, investigated through the features, functions and meanings of certain objects considered beautiful. Beautiful objects mentioned in these pages are the garments whose are analyzed the symbolic and identity values. Although indigent people had no free choice and must settle for what comes from networks of friendship or circuits of solidarity, they have been shown to select carefully the objects not only by need but also by personal tastes and inclinations. Apart from forms of passive acceptance, the clothes chosen always reflect a very personal aesthetic, sometimes the result of mixes between different skills and cultural capital. In particular adaptation between available resources and personal taste, you can see a unique balance between emulation / display / distinction that opens an unusual perspective in the study of 'fashion'. It is actually a form of emulation which is not dedicated to the distinction, but the approval, the achievement of a normality denied or complicated by economic conditions.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] "Clothes don't die": styles of poverty and circuits of clothes
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationLa precarietà degli oggetti
Pages65-98
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Aesthetic
  • Clothes
  • Estetica
  • Poverty
  • Povertà
  • Vestiti

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