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The Heart of Constitutions: Sexuality, Hierarchy, and Democracy from Our Hairstyles to Our Shoes


ISBN13: 9780521140041
Published: December 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £23.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780521761659



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This book examines how the intertwining of clothes and the United States Constitution raises fundamental questions of hierarchy, sexuality and democracy. Constitutional considerations both constrain and confirm daily choices. In turn, appearances provide multilayered perspectives on the Constitution and its interpretations. 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, 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 do not - 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.

Subjects:
Constitutional and Administrative Law, Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Contents:
1. Dressing historically
2. Dressing barely
3. Dressing sexily
4. Dressing professionally
5. Dressing disruptively
6. Dressing religiously
7. Dressing economically.