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作者 Sklar, Monica
書名 Aesthetic expressions: Punk dress and the workplace
國際標準書號 9781124411163
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說明 310 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 72-02, Section: A, page: 0413
Adviser: Marilyn DeLong
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Minnesota, 2010
Work and non-work dress for individuals who identify with the punk subculture involves thoughtful manipulation of appearance. This study asked: What are punk individuals' experiences concerning the apparel-body-construct for their workplace environments? These individuals negotiate between aesthetic expressions of their subcultural identity and the role they believe they are expected to play at work
An online survey with 208 individual participants identified interview candidates. Participant suitability was based on fulltime employment, self-identification with punk, demographics, workplace dress codes, and evidence of appearance labor (Peluchette, Karl, & Rust 2006). Interviews were conducted with 20 men and women, aged 26--45, and located in three major cities in the Midwestern United States. Interviewee professions ranged from law to education to sales. Interview topics included: commitment to punk and their profession, concern for others' impressions, and aesthetic details. Data were analyzed using DeLong's (1998) framework "Form, Viewer, and Context." Literature incorporated punk dress, workplace dress, aesthetics, identity expression, postmodernism and globalization
All interviewees try to look "appropriate" for the workplace, which can be an obstacle for those whose dress expresses an ideology. Interviewees expressed that feeling "appropriate" and feeling like "oneself" are sometimes competing concepts, resulting in appearance labor and necessitating accommodations
Interviewees reported a balancing act of blending in and standing out, taking into consideration viewer interpretations and subsequent positive and negative outcomes. Efforts to wear "appropriate" dress included modifying one's punk appearance by conceding to dress codes and using perceived non-confrontational aesthetic choices. Dress is manipulated per context and features selectively revealing or concealing of punk symbols, with punk cues subtly coded to appear conventional. Some individuals develop two wardrobes representing work and non-work while others prefer one versatile wardrobe. Interviewees strive to push with the boundaries of workplace appropriateness while reaching toward satisfying aesthetic self-expression
How interviewees manipulate form was influenced by demographics and feelings of commitment to one's profession. Multiple interviewees expressed a willingness to forego punk dress if their career incorporated ideas from punk ideology. They reported higher emotional comfort related to job satisfaction and status within the punk community and in the workplace
School code: 0130
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 72-02A
主題 Sociology, Theory and Methods
Design and Decorative Arts
Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
Sociology, Organizational
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Alt Author University of Minnesota. Design
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