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Bobbles and values: An ethnography of de-bobbling garments in postsocialist urban Romania

Cr ciun, M; (2015) Bobbles and values: An ethnography of de-bobbling garments in postsocialist urban Romania. Journal of Material Culture , 20 (1) 3 - 20. 10.1177/1359183514564132. Green open access

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Abstract

Based on research on clothing consumption in a provincial Romanian town, this article focuses on bobbling (pilling) and on reflections on its appearances and progression. Bobbling is considered an index of a faulty or decaying materiality, and an index of usage and, possibly, carelessness and hardship. It limits an individual’s ability to project a desired self. It hints at an individual’s inability to present a renewed self. It not only disrupts a common process of value creation through the act of dressing, but also exposes a disputed process of value creation through the consumption of certain objects. It foregrounds a predisposition to equate the value of objects with the value of people. It affects a sense of self-worth. The author demonstrates that a preoccupation with bobbling reflects deeper concerns and frequent deliberations over value in postsocialist Romania.

Type: Article
Title: Bobbles and values: An ethnography of de-bobbling garments in postsocialist urban Romania
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1359183514564132
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359183514564132
Language: English
Additional information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (http://www.uk.sagepub.com/aboutus/openaccess.htm).
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1468615
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