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Dressing the Part : Power, Dress, Gender, and Representation in the Pre-Columbian Americas (Hardcover)

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“From Olmec costume switching to Peruvian bundle burials we see which types of power were gendered, which symbols or motifs were power filled, and how these symbols were borne by the living and the dead. This collection showcases a mature gendered archaeology.”—Cheryl Claassen, author of Beliefs and Rituals in Archaic Eastern North America: An Interpretive Guide
Costume can reveal a wealth of information about an individual’s identity within society. Dressing the Part looks at the ways individuals in the ancient Americas used clothing, hairstyle, and personal ornaments to express status and power, gender identity, and group affiliations, even from the grave.

While most gender studies of Pre-Columbian societies focus on women, these essays also foreground men and persons of multiple or ambiguous gender. Dressing the Part examines how individual identity played a role in larger schemes of social relationship in the ancient Americas. Employing a variety of theories and methodologies from art history, anthropology, ethnography, semiotics, and material science, contributors to this volume explore not only how power is gendered or related to gender but also how the dynamics between power and gender are negotiated through costume.
Genre: Social Science, Art, History
Sub-Genre: Mexico, Central America
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
Language: English
Street Date: January 17, 2017
TCIN: 51637336
UPC: 9780813062211
Item Number (DPCI): 248-28-0470

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