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Doing Age and Gender through Fashion
Barbro Johansson: Center for Consumer Science, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University, Sweden
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The author discusses the intersectionality of age and gender in relation to consumption and the concept of “becoming”; taking her point of departure in some quotations from children. The data comes from a study about children in consumer society; where 84 Swedish children; aged 8-12 were interviewed. Gender and age are negotiated; translated and repeated and therefore the subject of constant change. A task for the children is to place themselves in an aged and gendered field; find places which they are comfortable with; and at the same time be aware of that they are expected to occupy new places and find new ways of performing themselves as they grow older. The article shows a sample card of different solutions: Performing a consistent 11-year-ness; by refraining to wear garments which carry inscriptions of adulthood and sexuality; creating a fashion-conscious masculinity with the help of clothes; hair products; friends and a fashion retailer; redefining a garment from female to gender-neutral; creating an aged and gendered “free zone”; where girlishness is an allowing and non-restrained place; making clothes almost invisible uniforms; rejecting fashion all together; and constructing homosocial togetherness with the help of fashion and symbols of adulthood and sexuality.

Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Barbro Johansson
Doing Age and Gender through Fashion

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Barbro Johansson
Doing Age and Gender through Fashion
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