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Article: 'Cowboy Cloth' and kinship: The closeness of denim consumption in a south-west Chinese city

Title'Cowboy Cloth' and kinship: The closeness of denim consumption in a south-west Chinese city
Authors
KeywordsChina
Closeness
Comfort
Denim
Family
Kinship
Nurturance
Issue Date2011
Citation
Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, 2011, v. 9 n. 1, p. 76-89 How to Cite?
AbstractThis article examines the effect of the fabric denim in objectifying kinship in the city of Kunming, China. It is argued that denim has been particularly efficacious due to its ability to insert itself into traditional Chinese kinship notions of nurturance. Parents were seen to gift denim to their children with the object of instigating a change in the lives of the younger generation, coupled with the knowledge that a change in material circumstances would be necessary to achieve such transformation. At the same time, the younger generation's denim also provoked a 'kinship gulf' between children and their parents, which parents appeared keen to close by purchasing and wearing denim of their own (although not without a degree of ambivalence, reflected by the presence of inactive jeans in parents' wardrobes). In this remarkable situation denim was seen, firstly, as the tool for creating generational disjuncture through traditional means and subsequently as the prospective solution to overcome this disjuncture. It is argued here that denim moves us to consider the study of kinship as the study of 'closeness,' a term that affords the consideration of objects in the milieu of intimate social relationships.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/216109

 

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dc.contributor.authorMcDonald, TN-
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-25T03:24:36Z-
dc.date.available2015-08-25T03:24:36Z-
dc.date.issued2011-
dc.identifier.citationTextile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, 2011, v. 9 n. 1, p. 76-89-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/216109-
dc.description.abstractThis article examines the effect of the fabric denim in objectifying kinship in the city of Kunming, China. It is argued that denim has been particularly efficacious due to its ability to insert itself into traditional Chinese kinship notions of nurturance. Parents were seen to gift denim to their children with the object of instigating a change in the lives of the younger generation, coupled with the knowledge that a change in material circumstances would be necessary to achieve such transformation. At the same time, the younger generation's denim also provoked a 'kinship gulf' between children and their parents, which parents appeared keen to close by purchasing and wearing denim of their own (although not without a degree of ambivalence, reflected by the presence of inactive jeans in parents' wardrobes). In this remarkable situation denim was seen, firstly, as the tool for creating generational disjuncture through traditional means and subsequently as the prospective solution to overcome this disjuncture. It is argued here that denim moves us to consider the study of kinship as the study of 'closeness,' a term that affords the consideration of objects in the milieu of intimate social relationships.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofTextile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture-
dc.subjectChina-
dc.subjectCloseness-
dc.subjectComfort-
dc.subjectDenim-
dc.subjectFamily-
dc.subjectKinship-
dc.subjectNurturance-
dc.title'Cowboy Cloth' and kinship: The closeness of denim consumption in a south-west Chinese city-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailMcDonald, TN: mcdonald@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityMcDonald, TN=rp02060-
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dc.identifier.doi10.2752/175183511X12949158771518-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-79952284290-
dc.identifier.volume9-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage76-
dc.identifier.epage89-

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