Dr Jo Coghlan is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia. She teaches in the areas of political and cultural sociology and popular culture. She researches and publishes on the fashioned political body. Her most recent publication examined how Michelle Obama’s Political Body reimaged the myth of American womanhood (2018). She supervises PhD students in the areas of politics, fashion and material culture.
ArticlesWhat we wear signals our membership within groups, be theyorganised by gender, class, ethnicity or religion. Simultaneously our clothing signifies hierarchies and power relations that sustain dominant power structures. How we dress is an expression of our identity. For Veblen, how we dress expresses wealth and social stratification. In imitating the fashion of the wealthy, claims...Read more