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Sneakers : fashion, gender, and subculture

Author: Yuniya Kawamura
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. ©2016
Series: Dress, body, culture.
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"This is the first academic study of sneakers and the subculture that surrounds them. Since the 1980s, members of American sneaker subcultures, popularly known as "sneakerheads" or "sneakerholics", have created a distinctive identity for themselves, while sneaker manufacturers such as Reebok, Puma and Nike have become global fashion brands. How have sneakers come to gain this status and what makes them attractive?  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Kawamura, Yuniya, 1963-
Sneakers
(DLC) 2015025895
(OCoLC)920943955
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Yuniya Kawamura
ISBN: 9781474262927 1474262929
OCLC Number: 929627990
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 147 pages) : color illustrations.
Contents: Introduction: placing sneakers within sociology --
Academic research on footwear --
Sneakers as a subculture: emerging from underground to upperground --
Sneakers as a symbol of manhood: wearing masculinity on their feet --
Sneakers as fashion: reclaiming masculine adornment --
The sneaker subculture from Durkheimian perspectives --
Conclusion: future directions and possibilities in footwear studies.
Series Title: Dress, body, culture.
Responsibility: Yuniya Kawamura.
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"This is the first academic study of sneakers and the subculture that surrounds them. Since the 1980s, members of American sneaker subcultures, popularly known as "sneakerheads" or "sneakerholics", have created a distinctive identity for themselves, while sneaker manufacturers such as Reebok, Puma and Nike have become global fashion brands. How have sneakers come to gain this status and what makes them attractive? In what ways are sneaker subcultures bound up with gender identity and why are sneakerholics mostly men? Based on the author's own ethnographic fieldwork in New York, where sneaker subculture is said to have originated, this unique study traces the transformation of sneakers from sportswear to fashion symbol. Sneakers explores the obsessions and idiosyncrasies surrounding the sneaker phenomenon, from competitive subcultures to sneaker painting and artwork. It is a valuable contribution to the growing study of footwear in fashion studies and will appeal to students of fashion theory, gender studies, sociology and popular culture"--

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Yuniya Kawamura is Professor of Sociology at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, USA. She is the author of The Japanese Revolution in Paris Fashion (Berg, 2004), Read more...

 
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