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By Sally Dwyer-McNulty

A well-illustrated cultural historical past of the attire worn via American Catholics, Sally Dwyer-McNulty's Common Threads finds the transnational origins and homegrown importance of garments in constructing id, team spirit, and a feeling of respectability for an important spiritual team that had lengthy struggled for its footing in a Protestant-dominated society usually overtly opposed to Catholics. concentrating on those that wore the main visually specific clothes--priests, ladies spiritual, and schoolchildren--the tale starts off within the 1830s, while such a lot American clergymen have been international born and wore numerous clerical kinds. Dwyer-McNulty tracks and analyzes adjustments in Catholic garments all through the 20 th century and into the current, which unearths the hot Pope Francis opting for to put on simple black sneakers instead of ornate pink ones.

Drawing on insights from the examine of fabric tradition and of lived faith, Dwyer-McNulty demonstrates how the visible lexicon of garments in Catholicism can point out gender ideology, age, and sophistication. certainly, garments itself has develop into one of those Catholic language, no matter if expressing shared devotional reviews or entwined with debates approximately schooling, authority, and where of faith in American society.

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