Fashion, Sociology of

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Fashion is a social phenomenon par excellence. A simple sociological definition of fashion is 'being first with the latest.' Its underlying principle is revealed in the link between the modus derivatives and the term 'modern,' with its original meaning of 'now' or 'for today.' Fashion revolves around imitation and diffusion, and it applies to all domains of social life, though most of the research is on garments. The field of fashion has been neglected, but since the mid-1990s, it has attracted sociologists studying production of fashion, identity, and the body in relation to fashion. What is lacking is theory development.


External organisations
  • Uppsala University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • Class, Diffusion, Fad, Garment, Gender, Identity, Innovation, Mode, Modernity, Style, Trend
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Mar 26
Publication categoryResearch