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The Politics of Dress in Somali Culture - African Expressive Cultures (Paperback)
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The Politics of Dress in Somali Culture - African Expressive Cultures (Paperback)

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Paperback 200 Pages / Published: 20/06/2011
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The universal act of dressing-shared by both men and women, young and old, rich and poor, minority and majority-has shaped human interactions, communicated hopes and fears about the future, and embodied what it means to be Somali. Heather Marie Akou mines politics and history in this rich and compelling study of Somali material culture. Akou explores the evolution of Somali folk dress, the role of the Somali government in imposing styles of dress, competing forms of Islamic dress, and changes in Somali fashion in the U.S. With the collapse of the Somali state, Somalis continue a connection with their homeland and community through what they wear every day.

Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253223135
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


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The Politics of Dress in Somali Culture is a welcome addition to the growing literature on historical and contemporary dress practices in Africa and the diaspora. . . . Akou's case study broadly demonstrates the globalized nature of Somali dress both historically and today. It is well-written, concise, and touches on many issues that resonate with the history of colonialism, rise (and fall) of a nation state, dispersal into the diaspora, influence of Islam, gender, and creation of national and ethnic identities, making it suitable for course adoption and a general readership. * Museum Anthropology Review *
The Politics of Dress in Somali Culture is a monumental and an assiduous undertaking that deserves commendation, as the publication can serve as an important introduction to Somali history in schools and for the general audience. Above all, the 177-page book is so well written that it should be accessible to both scholars and students. * Journal of African and Asian Studies *
[T]his remarkable study of Somali dress and politics does much to clarify both the Somali peoples history and their present predicaments. * H-AfrArts *
[A]ny unbiased reader will conclude that this is an excellent book, written in a style that will benefit readers across the board. To a large extent, it should benefit scholars and students with cross-cultural and African research and historical interests. Above all, the author should be highly commended for her wonderful insights and excellent research skills. * Africa Today *
Politics of Dress in Somali Culture is a monumental and an assiduous undertaking that deserves commendation, as the publication can serve as an important introduction to Somali history in schools and for the general audience. Above all, the 177-page book is so well written that it should be accessible to both scholars and students. * African and Asian Studies *
[This is] a study that examines clothing clothing and its relationship to political and cultural
changes along a historical continuum primarily from the nineteenth century to the present.Spring 2013 * African Arts *
Akou provides English readers rare insights into the complexities of dress traditions continually interwoven with political conflicts. . . . Highly recommended. * Choice *
[This] book importantly addresses an often-overlooked cultural element and its role in religious and political change. * Journal of Religion in Africa *

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