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postgraduate thesis: Dress and morality in Romania

TitleDress and morality in Romania
Authors
Issue Date2016
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Gheorghiu, I.. (2016). Dress and morality in Romania. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5760932
AbstractThis thesis is an empirical study of the morality of dress in Romania. Based on participant and non-participant observation in retail and wholesale settings as well as eighty in-depth interviews conducted throughout eleven months of fieldwork with Romanian merchants and consumers from the capital city, two cities and two towns, it argues that dress speaks to agents’ identity, it inscribes their choices in social order, it classifies them and acts as an index of their moral worth. By looking at four types of clothing (non-branded, new authentic brand item, counterfeit brand item and preowned brand item), this thesis argues that the morality of dress is informed by both its physical and social properties. Moreover, it argues that the physical properties of dress become morally and socially charged and shape its worth. Furthermore, this thesis argues that dress is used as a prop for presentability and as an implement to gain an edge in social interaction. It argues that the morality of place is translated into notions of worth of objects and agents. It looks at claims of entitlement agents lay in their consumption of branded commodities and the way their accounts become objectified in the portrait of the morally aware consumer. At the same time, it deals with the importance of dress as a cue of interaction and the role it plays in the negotiation of social order. Last but not least, it addresses the ability of dress not only to further social interaction, but also to limit and contain it.
DegreeDoctor of Philosophy
SubjectClothing and dress - Social aspects - Romania
Dept/ProgramSociology
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/226742

 

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dc.contributor.authorGheorghiu, Iulia-
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-30T04:24:01Z-
dc.date.available2016-06-30T04:24:01Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationGheorghiu, I.. (2016). Dress and morality in Romania. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5760932-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/226742-
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is an empirical study of the morality of dress in Romania. Based on participant and non-participant observation in retail and wholesale settings as well as eighty in-depth interviews conducted throughout eleven months of fieldwork with Romanian merchants and consumers from the capital city, two cities and two towns, it argues that dress speaks to agents’ identity, it inscribes their choices in social order, it classifies them and acts as an index of their moral worth. By looking at four types of clothing (non-branded, new authentic brand item, counterfeit brand item and preowned brand item), this thesis argues that the morality of dress is informed by both its physical and social properties. Moreover, it argues that the physical properties of dress become morally and socially charged and shape its worth. Furthermore, this thesis argues that dress is used as a prop for presentability and as an implement to gain an edge in social interaction. It argues that the morality of place is translated into notions of worth of objects and agents. It looks at claims of entitlement agents lay in their consumption of branded commodities and the way their accounts become objectified in the portrait of the morally aware consumer. At the same time, it deals with the importance of dress as a cue of interaction and the role it plays in the negotiation of social order. Last but not least, it addresses the ability of dress not only to further social interaction, but also to limit and contain it.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.subject.lcshClothing and dress - Social aspects - Romania-
dc.titleDress and morality in Romania-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb5760932-
dc.description.thesisnameDoctor of Philosophy-
dc.description.thesislevelDoctoral-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineSociology-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-

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