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Book Title: The Empire of Fashion: Dressing Modern Democracy|
The author of the book: Gilles Lipovetsky
ISBN 13: 9780691102627
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.56 MB
Edition: Princeton University Press
Date of issue: July 21st 2002
Read full description of the books:In a book full of playful irony and striking insights, the controversial social philosopher Gilles Lipovetsky draws on the history of fashion to demonstrate that the modern cult of appearance and superficiality actually serves the common good. Focusing on clothing, bodily deportment, sex roles, sexual practices, and political rhetoric as forms of "fashion," Lipovetsky bounds across two thousand years of history, showing how the evolution of fashion from an upper-class privilege into a vehicle of popular expression closely follows the rise of democratic values. Whereas Tocqueville feared that mass culture would create passive citizens incapable of political reasoning, Lipovetsky argues that today's mass-produced fashion offers many choices, which in turn enable consumers to become complex individuals within a consolidated, democratically educated society.
Superficiality fosters tolerance among different groups within a society, claims Lipovetsky. To analyze fashion's role in smoothing over social conflict, he abandons class analysis in favor of an inquiry into the symbolism of everyday life and the creation of ephemeral desire. Lipovetsky examines the malaise experienced by people who, because they can fulfill so many desires, lose their sense of identity. His conclusions raise disturbing questions about personal joy and anguish in modern democracy.
Read information about the authorGilles Lipovetsky (born September 24, 1944 in Millau) is a French philosopher, writer and sociologist, professor at the University of Grenoble.
Lipovetsky began his philosophical career as a Marxist, similar to many others in the 1960s. Lipovetsky’s work focuses on the modern world from the latter 20th century to the present. He has divided this time period into three periods: “Marxist self criticism” (1965-1983), post-modern (1983-1991) and the hyper modern period from 1991 on. Lipovetsky has continued to write on topics such as modernity, globalization, consumerism, modern culture, markets, feminism, fashion, and media, but they have the common thread of individualism
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