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By Sally Dwyer-McNulty

A well-illustrated cultural historical past of the attire worn by means of American Catholics, Sally Dwyer-McNulty's Common Threads unearths the transnational origins and homegrown importance of garments in constructing identification, solidarity, and a feeling of respectability for a tremendous spiritual team that had lengthy struggled for its footing in a Protestant-dominated society usually brazenly antagonistic to Catholics. concentrating on those that wore the main visually designated clothes--priests, ladies non secular, and schoolchildren--the tale starts within the 1830s, while such a lot American clergymen have been international born and wore a number of clerical types. Dwyer-McNulty tracks and analyzes adjustments in Catholic garments throughout the 20 th century and into the current, which reveals the hot Pope Francis selecting to put on simple black footwear instead of ornate crimson ones.

Drawing on insights from the research 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 a type of Catholic language, even if expressing shared devotional studies or entwined with debates approximately schooling, authority, and where of faith in American society.

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