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ISBN: 0618381880
Author: Paul Fussell
Language: English
Publisher: Mariner (November 10, 2003)
Pages: 228
Category: Graphic Design
Subcategory: Art
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. According to the renowned social critic and historian Paul Fussell, we are what we wear, and it doesn't look good.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Uniforms parses the hidden meanings of our apparel - from brass buttons to blue jeans.

Paul Fussell, Jr. (22 March 1924 – 23 May 2012) was an American cultural and literary historian, author and university professor

Paul Fussell, Jr. (22 March 1924 – 23 May 2012) was an American cultural and literary historian, author and university professor. Fussell served in the 103rd Infantry Division during World War II and was wounded in fighting in France.

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Fussell noted that people want uniforms to signal in-group status but then want to customize them to signal elite status within the group. Army that has led to badge proliferation and "everyone gets a gold star" policies. 1 ответ 0 ретвитов 0 отметок Нравится.

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Scarred by his experiences in France in 1945, Paul Fussell has sought to demystify the romanticism of battle, beginning with his literary study of the Great War. His latest book is about American GIs in Europe; his next concerns the nature of generalship. Now 80, he identifies with Robert Graves, loves travel and is nostalgic for a more literate age.

Anyone who reads it will automatically move up a class.

Illustrated by. Martim De Avillez. Anyone who reads it will automatically move up a class. fussell hits the mark. The Washington PostMove over, William Buckley. Stand back, Gore Vidal. And run for cover, Uncle Sam: Paul Fussell, the nation's newest world-class curmudgeon, is taking aim at The American Experiment.

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Uniforms is vintage Fussell: "revelatory, ribald, and irresistible" (Shirley Hazzard). Uniforms parses the hidden meanings of our apparel - from brass buttons to blue jeans, badges to feather flourishes - revealing what our clothing says about class, sex, and our desire to belong.

According to the renowned social critic and historian Paul Fussell, we are what we wear, and it doesn't look good. Uniforms parses the hidden meanings of our apparel -- from brass buttons to blue jeans, badges to feather flourishes -- revealing what our clothing says about class, sex, and our desire to belong. With keen insight and considerable curmudgeonly flair, Fussell unfolds the history and cultural significance of all manner of attire, fondly analyzing the roles that uniforms play in a number of communities -- the military, the church, health care, food service, sports -- even everyday civilian life. Uniforms is vintage Fussell: "revelatory, ribald, and irresistible" (Shirley Hazzard).

Comments:

Nagis
Fussel is the first to look so sharply at the common traits of our surreptitiously approaching brave new world. We almost arrived.
Tujar
I've read Fussell's book "Class", which is very funny and I expected this to be a more general look at how people dress. It is literally about different uniforms and, after a short discussion about military uniforms of different countries, it is really very boring.
Damdyagab
I am VERY surprised by the number of negative reviews here. You'd think most of the unhappy reviewers were PhD students trying to meet a deadline for a paper, and was bummed that this material was not as "academically respectable" as it needs to be for their purposes.

Historically exhaustive? Fastidiously archival? Psychoanalytical? Filled with statistics?

No, this book is NOT that kind of book. Better: it is a TERRIFIC overview of how people - you, me, everyone - are affected by the sight of uniforms. And Fussell gives you plenty of anecdotal examples of how this is so.

A lot of women are turned on by men in uniforms - by men they would give 2 shite to if in jeans. A lot of women apparently have confessed to eagerly waiting for the DHL or the UPS guy to show up, making his daily deliveries.

Who knew that a slight change in design in the Navy uniform would cause such a big fluctuation in enrollment? That the airplane-using industries had to borrow 'nautical' terms for their purposes makes a fascinating story about how the airlines and the Air Force had to design their uniforms.

General Patton was a real fop, and used to change - when time allowed - his uniform 3 times a day. You can be sure HE had a lot to say about, and DID say, how soldiers should look on the battlefield as well!

All in all, a very delightful, funny, thought-provoking introduction to a topic that COULD BE otherwise tedious and too serious, and even "politically-correctional."

Don't be so serious: read this and enjoy your flight. You will look at those flight attendants in a wholly new way, and be surprised by what the flight crew call the male stewards.
Winotterin
Uniforms: Why We Are What We Wear is a fun little compendium of facts on an interesting subject. This work, however, lacks the heft of Fussell's earlier works, including The Great War and Modern Memory and Class. Uniforms reads more like a haphazard collection of "scrap material" rather than a detailed analysis of its subject. Fussell also does little to answer the titular question: "why we are what we wear."
One of the advantages that a uniform affords its wearer is the ability to skimp on "the work of remaking one's external character all the time." That, of course, is one of a uniform's many advantages, but the flip side is a concurrent loss of individuality. Sometimes, as in the case of Levi's blue jeans, an effort to rebel and stand out gets adopted by so many, that it becomes the new uniform.
As would be expected, Uniforms talks about all manner of military attire and even the general military attitude (many a generalization here!) of a nation's people.
Besides military uniforms, Fussell also briefly points out uniforms in many other codes of dress. A nuptial dress, which is usually white, religious uniforms, and Boy Scout uniforms are but some of the examples outlined in the book. Long baggy boys' shorts and pants, we learn, are derived from prison wear as an act of rebellion against parents. Then of course there is the cute UPS truck driver in his cool brown uniform classified as "delivery chic."
In his book, Fussell points out the overwhelming masculinity of the subject (women came to uniforms pretty late). He also says that: "Dressing approximately like others is to don armor against contempt." Any woman who has tried buying her guy a purple shirt can attest to the verity of both of those statements....
Zololmaran
Having grown up in an army family, I've always been aware of the subtle distinctions among military uniforms, while at the same time being semi-unaware of them because they were so fundamental to my world. In his urbanely witty but sharply observant way, Fussell identifies much deeper distinctions: The Russian love of large shoulderboards, the 20th century German fascination with black, the Italian thing for plumes, and the different perception and philosophy between British class-conscious khaki and American egalitarian olive drab. And the essential reason army and navy uniforms are so very different: until the Cold War, the army and its uniforms were made up anew for each new major conflict, while the navy continued to exist much the same in peacetime as in wartime. But "uniform" means more than the military -- witness the ubiquity of blue jeans in the United States and, eventually, all over the world. Fussell also asks the questions most of us wouldn't have thought of, like why do British and American cops tend to dark blue uniforms, quite unlike the tradition in Continental countries? Why do commercial airline pilots wear uniforms at all? (The early ones didn't.) Why are UPS men considered sexy while FedEx guys aren't? And what was it with Elmo Zumwalt and Richard Nixon when it came to bizarre uniforms? This isn't a very long book, nor is it scholarly in style, but it's a lot of fun. And you'll find yourself looking at all the uniformed people around you with a new eye.

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