Buttoned Up: Clothing, Conformity, and White-Collar by Erynn Masi de Casanova

By Erynn Masi de Casanova

Who is modern white-collar guy? the area of labor has replaced extensively on the grounds that The guy within the grey Flannel Suit and different mid-twentieth-century investigations of company existence and identification. modern jobs are extra precarious, informal Friday has develop into an establishment, and telecommuting blurs the divide among office and residential. Gender expectancies have replaced, too, with men's our bodies more and more uncovered within the media and scrutinized in daily interactions. In Buttoned Up, in line with interviews with dozens of fellows in 3 U.S. towns with precise neighborhood costume cultures—New York, San Francisco, and Cincinnati—Erynn Masi de Casanova asks what it capability to put on the white collar now.

Despite the growth of men’s style and grooming practices, the lessen in formal costume codes, and the enjoyable of conventional principles approximately masculinity, white-collar males consider restricted of their offerings approximately the best way to embrace professionalism. They strategically embody conformity in garments as a manner of keeping their gender and sophistication privilege. throughout different types of race, sexual orientation and profession, males discuss "blending in" and "looking the half" as they target to maintain their jobs or pursue larger ones. those white-collar employees’ bills exhibit that larger freedom in paintings costume codes can, paradoxically, bring up men’s nervousness approximately getting it incorrect and discourage them from experimenting with their gown and appearance.

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