The world in a wardrobe: expressing notions of care in the economy and everyday life

Smith, Joe (2014). The world in a wardrobe: expressing notions of care in the economy and everyday life. In: Fletcher, Kate and Tham, Mathilda eds. The Routledge Handbook of Sustainability and Fashion. Routledge International Handbooks. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 139–146.

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Abstract

This chapter presents a brief history, politics and geography of consumption, told through garments. The chapter explores some changing meanings of notions of ‘care’ (for things; for people; for the environment) through the story of one woman’s century-long lifetime of buying, making, wearing and caring for clothes. Her changing wardrobe guides the story, with some light reference to research in the social sciences, history and geography. It concludes with a discussion of what can be learnt from the story about the pursuit of a more environmentally and socially sustainable system of fashion and clothing.

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