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This book seeks to address and fill a puzzling omission in contemporary critical IR scholarship. Following on from the aesthetic turn in IR, critical and 'postmodern' IR has produced an impressive array of studies into movies, literature, music and art and the way these media produce, mediate, and represent international politics. By contrast, the proponents of the aesthetic turn have consistently overlooked and ignored fashion as a source of knowledge about global politics.
Yet stories about the political role of fashion abound in the news media. In Afghanistan, the terror of the Taliban regime and the plight of women was illustrated by reference to the burqa that women are supposedly forced to wear there. In Sudan, recently a female writer and activist successfully challenged the government over her right to wear trousers in public. In Europe, the debate on women's headscarves has politicised a garment item and turned it into a symbol of fundamentalism and oppression. In the war on terror, orange jumpsuits are used on both sides to dehumanise and mark the figure of the 'detainee'. Yet the politics of fashion go beyond these examples of the uses and abuses of textiles and fabrics for political purposes, extending into its very 'grammar' and vocabulary.
The contributions to this book will investigate the politics of fashion from a variety of perspectives, addressing theoretical as well as empirical issues, establishing the critical study of fashion and its protagonists as a central contribution to the aesthetic turn in international politics.
This work will be a unique contribution to the field and will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, critical IR theory and popular culture and world politics.
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A personal journey is a psychological quest through places and experiences, a quest that molds who we are. Kim Taylor shares her own personal life journey, which has taken her through a myriad of foreign places and experiences, and in the process her formula for successful relationships.The author reveals herself to be more than her resume and background, her languages and post graduate degrees. She does an honest job of self-analysis and teaches others to do the same. "I could say I've crossed many borders, not the least of which is psychological. Our personalities are the means we use to communicate our message. The more we know about ourselves, the better we can understand others and, presumably, be understood by them." Though the author was previously living in France, the focus of her travel in the book is her time spent while on a Fulbright Scholarship in Slovakia.To the far east of Slovakia, almost to the border with the Ukraine, towns and villages still displayed the sickle and hammer motifs in town squares. It was eerily strange to see old world charm clash with vestiges of more recent communist days. It was not surprising to see how outsiders were closely watched. Nonverbals speak louder than words. Suspicion, curiosity and perhaps even jealousy combined in those who were left behind what was literally a single border crossing away to the free westAustria. "It made all kinds of sense to be watchful of strangers, as it was not uncommon to fall prey to spies and informants. Bugging was found to be taking place in the U.S. Consulate in Bratislava while she was living and working in Slovakia."The joke she heard often about herself was ... "she must be a spy because she acquired the language so quicklybut the pay was better before 1989."From impression management to communication styles, the language of relationships is what it's all about. Ethics or truth, if you prefer, underlies the message. The style is straight forward and honest. Interwoven with personal anecdotes, it's smart, funny and thought provoking.Cross-cultural references provide a springboard for learning and a blueprint for success for anyone considering careers that involve foreign languages and contexts. It takes the reader beyond the realm of the everyday.
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