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Edited By Roces, Mina and Edwards, Louise
This book explores the ways in which dress has been influential in the political agendas and self-representations of politicians in a variety of regimes from democratic to authoritarian. Arguing that dress is part of 'hard core' politics, it shows how dress has been crucial to the constructions of nationhood and national identities in both Asia and the Americas. Since dress has been a marker of identity and status, chapters engage with the gendering of the politics of dress, discussing how women have become bearers and wearers of 'national tradition' and how men and women's dress reflect their political positions in the nation-state. It examines the magical power of cloth, the meanings of batik and design, the holy status of uncut cloth versus cut cloth, and the quaint combination of non-Western with Western attire. This collection of pioneering essays fills a vacuum in the largely Eurocentric field of dress studies, demanding that attention be paid to Asia and the Americas as major sites of vestimentary creativity. 276pp.
Sussex Academic Press, 2010, Paperback, Book Condition: New, Jacket Condition: No d/j as Published. First Paperback Edition. . 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall.
ISBN: 9781845193997
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Inventory #21757
Price: £ 20.00 GBP ($ 26.06 approx. - € 22.10 approx.)
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Birnbaum, Daniel. Sharp, Amanda. & Heiser, Jorg.
Doug Aitken is a young Californian video and installation artist who has risen to international prominence with works such as his multi-screen video environment "electric earth". Aitken's subjects explore the deserted spaces of Bollywood film sets in India; Jonestown, Guyana, the site of the notorious mass suicide of religious cultists; and a remote diamond-mining region of Namibia, closed to outsiders since 1908. His environments are vivid, elusive and dreamlike. This monograph explores the artist and his work. It features a discussion of Aitken's working methods by Amanda Sharp; an examination of Aitken's art within the context of contemporary philosophy and the work of other artists who have explored expanded notions of time and space; a study by Jorg Heiser of Aitken's "i am in you", a five-screen work centring on the imaginative experiences of a young girl; "Artist's Choice", for which the artist has selected a short story, "Funes the Memorious", by Jorge Luis Borges, whose description of altered realities through the distortions of mirrors and memory echoes the artist's own interests; and "Artist's Writings" - Doug Aitken's writings include his retelling of an unusual story he once heard from strangers he met in the desert and which served as the basis for a subsequent work.158pp.N.B.Head oif d/j slightly rubbed.
Phaidon Press, 2001, Paperback, Book Condition: Like New, Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. . 4to - over 9" - 12" tall.
ISBN: 0714839892
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Inventory #13325
Price: £ 12.50 GBP ($ 16.29 approx. - € 13.81 approx.)
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Borsella, Cristogianni
This is an informative work which analyses and brings together the two fundamental aspects of the Fascist Italian experience: its history and its ideology. The author superbly explains the background of the Fascist movement, revealing in detail its corresponding political nature; this was possible because Borsella has made Benito Mussolini part of the narrative. The reader quickly becomes aware that Fascism is the logical but chaotic brainchild of Mussolini himself a restless man in search of messianic visions to allay his own insecurities and of those of his nation. Borsella exposes other individuals who were instrumental in forming the ideological foundations of Fascism, namely Sorel, Vilfredo and Gentile. Groups like the syndicalists, interventionists, and neoconservatives influenced Italian politics long before there were American counterparts.The book's greatest strength may show how the extreme Left played vital roles in shaping Fascism, as Mussolini himself had been a devout Socialist for many years before attaining power. Vividly trumpeted as a progressive state ideology, Fascism left in its wake a destructive, repressive legacy of a dictatorship. In the final chapters, Borsella compares the modern political climate in the United States to that existing in Italy under Fascism. In his final pages, right or wrong, Borsella draws parallels that should force one to reassess the meaning of what it means to be free in today's America.157pp.
Branden Books, 2007, Paperback, Book Condition: New, Jacket Condition: No d/j as Published. . . 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall.
ISBN: 0828321558
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Inventory #19130
Price: £ 7.50 GBP ($ 9.77 approx. - € 8.29 approx.)
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Eichstaedt, Peter H.
209pp.
Lawrence Hill Books, 2010, Cloth, Book Condition: New, Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. . 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall.
ISBN: 9781569763117
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Inventory #26371
Price: £ 7.50 GBP ($ 9.77 approx. - € 8.29 approx.)
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El Rawas, Mohamed
This is a much needed permanent source of reference as well as a unique introduction to the work of an outstanding artist.235 reproductions and accompanying text by the artist.237pp.
Saqi Books, 2004, Cloth, Book Condition: Like New, Jacket Condition: Like New. First Edition. Heavy Item Postage Quote. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall.
ISBN: 0863569099
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Inventory #15926
Price: £ 20.00 GBP ($ 26.06 approx. - € 22.10 approx.)
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