Fashioning the historical body: the political economy of denim

  title={Fashioning the historical body: the political economy of denim},
  author={James Salazar},
  journal={Social Semiotics},
  pages={293 - 308}
  • James Salazar
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • Social Semiotics
  • In this cultural history of denim's emergence as a ubiquitous fashion element, coveted global commodity, and pre-eminent national icon, I argue that denim's significance derives not from its celebrated comfort and utility, nor from its symbolic value, but rather from its ability to naturalize the body through a uniquely historicizing experience of utility itself. Denim not only memorializes the history of the lived body in its patterns of fading and fraying, it also locates that body within a… CONTINUE READING
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