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Blue Jeans: The Art of the Ordinary

Daniel Miller and Sophie Woodward


This fresh and accessible ethnography offers a new vision of how society might cohere, in the face of ongoing global displacement, dislocation, and migration. Drawing from intensive fieldwork in a highly diverse North London neighborhood, the book focuses on an everyday item—blue jeans—to learn what one simple article of clothing can tell us about our individual and social lives and challenging, by extension, the foundational anthropological presumption of “the normative.” The authors argue that blue jeans do not always represent social and cultural difference, from gender and wealth, to style ... More

Keywords: global displacement, dislocation, migration, blue jeans, clothing, immigrants, North London, social difference, cultural difference

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520272187
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520272187.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Miller, author
University College, London, University of Manchester

Sophie Woodward, author