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Title:
Kläder som andas; kroppar som formges: kroppskonstruktioner; genus och sportmode
Author:
Magdalena Petersson: Centrum för konsumentvetenskap och Etnologiska institutionen, Göteborgs universitet, Sweden
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Year:
2005
Conference:
Kulturstudier i Sverige. Nationell forskarkonferens
Issue:
015
Article no.:
066
Pages:
807-814
No. of pages:
8
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2005-12-30
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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Breathing Clothes; Designing Bodies: Body; Gender; and Sports Fashion.

The aim of this article is to discuss how the body is constructed in relation to the way it is dressed; particularly how the fit body is constructed through sports fashion. Training consumers have been interviewed about the principles that form the way they dress when they visit their fitness centre; how they combine aesthetics and function and what parts of their bodies they like to expose and conceal. Technological innovations that enhance performances e.g. through breathing fabrics or supporting tops characterise sports fashion and are intertwined ith perceptions of ideal bodies. The functions of clothes and fabrics are prerequisites for particular training forms and movement of bodies and the article shows that the informants think of their training as dependent upon “technological support” from fashion. Special attention is being paid to Lycra for its abilities to get bodies into shape and its role in constructions of gender. With inspiration from Donna Haraway; sports clothes are understood as inseparable from the fit body; and hence make us all into fashion cyborgs.

Ă„ven publicerat i Kulturella Perspektiv Svensk etnologisk tidskrift 14(3) 2005.

Kulturstudier i Sverige. Nationell forskarkonferens

Author:
Magdalena Petersson
Title:
Kläder som andas; kroppar som formges: kroppskonstruktioner; genus och sportmode
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Kulturstudier i Sverige. Nationell forskarkonferens

Author:
Magdalena Petersson
Title:
Kläder som andas; kroppar som formges: kroppskonstruktioner; genus och sportmode
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