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What is ‘Fashion’ Really? The Promise of an Ecumenical Analytic for Fashion Studies and Beyond in a Globalized World

Almila, Anna-Mari (2017) What is ‘Fashion’ Really? The Promise of an Ecumenical Analytic for Fashion Studies and Beyond in a Globalized World. In: Epistemology and Transformation of Knowledge in Global Age. InTech. ISBN 978-953-51-5432-7

Type of Research: Book Section
Creators: Almila, Anna-Mari
Description:

This chapter addresses the increasingly complex question of the nautre of fashion in a globalized world. While it is strikingly obvious that fashion is a global and globalized phenomenon, its specific character, and indeed geographical locations and origins, remain contested. Drawing inspiration from the Greek historian Polybius, and his ideas of an ecumenical analytical approach to studying world-wide phenomena, we discuss the current state of fashion studies in what we consider an ecumenical moment, holding many opportunities for the field. In order to lay out the roots of current debates on such matters, we review the history of fashion studies from mid‐19th century through to today, drawing attention to both the ontological assumptions and the epistemological and methodological dilemmas that have shaped the field, and that in some ways continue to do so today. We finish with some suggestions as to what the future may hold for the field if the ecumenical promise of global fashion research is truly realized.

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RoleName
Other (2nd author)Inglis, David
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Globalization, fashion studies
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: InTech
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: 26 July 2017
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2017 11:42
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2019 12:49
Item ID: 10899
URI: http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/10899

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