Foreword

Along with food and shelter, clothing must rank among the
most important but least analyzed sites of colonization. And
even those works that do examine the connection between
colonization and clothing focus almost entirely on the material
dimension of dress. Few works, if any, take the necessary
additional step of defining clothing as a component of
spirituality. Thus, to find a work that addresses both the
material and spiritual dimensions of clothing is no easy task.
This is partly due to the segregation of knowledge in modern
academia, where discussions of spirituality are eschewed by
materialist scholars, while discussions of materialism – except
to refute it – are ignored by religious scholars. However, a flaw
in the current mode of organized intellectual activity in the
rather exclusive world of modern universities should not hinder
the rest of us from making the necessary connections……

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Pallis, Do Clothes Make The Person