SOC 656 Fashion and Society

What is the purpose of fashion? What do your clothes reveal about you as a person? This course will critically explore the social construction of the fashion industry, utilizing sociological theories of fashion, consumer culture, and identity. Among other topics it will analyze issues surrounding ethics, social representation (race, gender, class, age), cultural notions of beauty, the global economy and exploitation, power and status as implied by fashion, and the implications of fashion for youth cultures. Lect: 3 hrs. Prerequisite: FSN 123 or FSN 223 Course Weight: 1.00 Billing Units: 1

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