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SNEAKERS: FASHION, GENDER AND SUBCULTURE. Yuniya Kawamura. Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2016. Dress, Body, Culture. 194 pp. with 40 col. ills. 24 x 17 cm. LC 2015-25895 ISBN 9780857857224 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 164046. Publisher's description: This is the first academic study of sneakers and the subculture that surrounds them. Since the 1980s, members of American sneaker subcultures, popularly known as "sneakerheads" or "sneakerholics", have created a distinctive identity for themselves, while sneaker manufacturers such as Reebok, Puma and Nike have become global fashion brands. How have sneakers come to gain this status and what makes them attractive? In what ways are sneaker subcultures bound up with gender identity and why are sneakerholics mostly men? Based on the author's own ethnographic fieldwork in New York, where sneaker subculture is said to have originated, this unique study traces the transformation of sneakers from sportswear to fashion symbol. Sneakers explores the obsessions and idiosyncrasies surrounding the sneaker phenomenon, from competitive subcultures to sneaker painting and artwork. It is a valuable contribution to the growing study of footwear in fashion studies and will appeal to students of fashion theory, gender studies, sociology and popular culture.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-2000 — Costume/Fashion
Plans: 73,30
Worldwide Number: 164045
Hardcover $120.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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