School Uniforms: New Materialist Perspectives

Rachel K Shanks* (Corresponding Author), Julie Ovington, Beth Cross, Ainsley Dane Carnarvon

*Corresponding author for this work

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This edited volume brings together a new materialist approach to understanding the various legacies and controls being exercised through school uniforms. Through examining school uniform policies, the editors and their authors highlight the embodied choices that contribute to a socio-materialist understanding of democracy and social justice. Uniform policy plays a distinct role in setting the culture of compulsory school education and as such it constitutes a set of under-theorised school practices. This work thus brings together critical perspectives from education, sociology, cultural and postcolonial studies within an overarching analysis of how uniform imposes performances that have a formative effect on young people’s identities and economic positionality.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages167
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-32939-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-32938-8, 978-3-031-32941-8
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameThe Cultural and Social Foundations of Education


  • school uniform
  • dress codes
  • gendered identities
  • new materialism
  • postcolonial legacy
  • school policies
  • social justice education


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