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BUTTONED UP: CLOTHING, CONFORMITY AND WHITE-COLLAR MASCULINITY. Erynn Masi de Casanova. ILR Press, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 2015. 266 pp. with 20 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2015-10594 ISBN 9780801454189 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 168678. Publisher's description: Who is today's white-collar man? The world of work has changed radically since The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit and other mid-twentieth-century investigations of corporate life and identity. Contemporary jobs are more precarious, casual Friday has become an institution, and telecommuting blurs the divide between workplace and home. Gender expectations have changed, too, with men's bodies increasingly exposed in the media and scrutinized in everyday interactions. In Buttoned Up, based on interviews with dozens of men in three U.S. cities with distinct local dress cultures--New York, San Francisco, and Cincinnati--Erynn Masi de Casanova asks what it means to wear the white collar now. Despite the expansion of men's fashion and grooming practices, the decrease in formal dress codes, and the relaxing of traditional ideas about masculinity, white-collar men feel constrained in their choices about how to embody professionalism.
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-2000 — Costume/Fashion
Plans: 71,30
Worldwide Number: 168677
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