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What's in your wardrobe Mr Morales: a study in political dress

Salazar Sutil, N (2009) What's in your wardrobe Mr Morales: a study in political dress Popular Communication: the international journal of Media and Culture, 7 (2).

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This article explores the role of dress in popular political communication. My discussion focuses on the so-called ‘cultural democratic revolution’ led by Evo Morales, and the emergence of a ‘government in poncho and tie’, which aims at visualising a plurinationalist State in Bolivia. The strategic use of casual clothes and football shirts are examined as cases of political performativity in a developing Latin American democracy. What is the role of political dress in the formation of circles of political voters/fans? How does the electorate perceive Morales’ political imagery? How does an alternative styling of the democratic system problematise a more formal and uniform style of democratic leadership? Central to my argument is the notion that dress functions as a multi-layered language where different items of clothing reflect different narratives. In my view, Evo Morales has become a layered narrative through which histories and past knowledges are reflected in a ‘pluriform’ vestimentary style.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Authors :
Salazar Sutil, N
Date : April 2009
DOI : 10.1080/15405700902776461
Contributors :
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 13:49
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 15:07

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