Fashioning Cultural Identity: Body and Dress

Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni*

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Goldstein-Gidoni explores the centrality of distinctions in dress in the construction of Japanese cultural identity. Modern Japanese wear both Western-style clothing (yofuku) and Japanese-style attire (wafuku), although the latter is worn mainly on ceremonial occasions. She considers the dynamic process of the construction of gendered cultural identities in modern Japan through both a historic perspective and present-day ethnography, looking closely at the gendered effects created through clothing in the coming-of-age ceremony (seijin shiki). The sartorial politics of cultural identity in modern Japan consists of two separate but related aspects: the cultural construction of what is Japanese and what is Western, and the construction of ''the traditional'' and ''the modern.''

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to the Anthropology of Japan
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)0631229558, 9780631229551
StatePublished - 2005


  • Body
  • Cultural identity
  • Dress
  • Dress regulations
  • Modern inventions


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