5 feb. 2014

Indumentaria y guardarropía del Derecho. Law & Fashion (II)

Ruthann Robson
Dressing Constitutionally
Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy from Our Hairstyles to Our Shoes

Cambridge University Press, New York, 2013, vi 261 pp.
ISBN: 9780521140041

The intertwining of our clothes and our Constitution raise fundamental questions of hierarchy, sexuality, and democracy. From our hairstyles to our shoes, constitutional considerations both constrain and confirm our daily choices. In turn, our attire and appearance provide multilayered perspectives on the United States Constitution and its interpretations. Our garments often raise First Amendment issues of expression or religion, but they also prompt questions of equality on the basis of gender, race, and sexuality. At work, in court, in schools, in prisons, and on the streets, our clothes and grooming provoke constitutional controversies. Additionally, the production, trade, and consumption of apparel implicates constitutional concerns including colonial sumptuary laws, slavery, wage and hour laws, and current notions of free trade. The regulation of what we wear –or don't– is ubiquitous. From a noted constitutional scholar and commentator, this book examines the rights to expression and equality, as well as the restraints on government power, as they both limit and allow control of our most personal choices of attire and grooming.


1. Dressing Historically
I. Tudor Regulation of Appearance
II. Constitutional Concerns and Tudor Regulation
III. National Dress
IV. Colonial Hierarchies
V. The Ends of Empire

2. Dressing Barely
I. Stripped of Rights
II. Indecent Exposures
III. The First Amendment, Obscenity, and Secondary Effects
IV. Equality: Of Nudists and Women

3. Dressing Sexily
I. Cross-Dressing
II. Boys and Girls
III. Provocative Clothing, Sexual Violence, and State Protection

4. Dressing Professionally
I. At Work in the Private Sphere
II. Uniformity
III. The Cult of the Robe?

5. Dressing Disruptively
I. School Discipline and the Rights of Others
II. Of Hats and Shackles
III. Rips in the Social Fabric

6. Dressing Religiously
I. The Church of Body Modification
II. Accommodation in the Penitentiary
III. The Importance of Looking at Women

7. Dressing Economically
I. Slavery and Cotton
II. Laissez-Faire, Laundries, and Child Labor
III. Free Trade and Fair Trade


Books, Articles, and Other Sources

Ruthann Robson. University of New York School of Law.

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