Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Modest Dress as Literacy Practice in English-Speaking Conservative Mennonite Groups
by Mong, Megan Lois, M.A., The University of North Dakota, 2018, 137; 10845634
Abstract (Summary)

English-speaking conservative Mennonites exercise a distinct set of dress practices that are not often understood by people outside the community. Advances in New Literacy Studies pave the way to understand their dress practices as a type of literacy. Multiple literacies work together to inform conservative Mennonite dress practices. One of these literacies is the reading and writing of religious texts. A second literacy is a form of heritage literacy where clothing functions as a multimodal text. Conservative Mennonites use their clothing to codify their Christian identity, gender roles and church affiliation. They intend their clothing to represent who they are to the people around them. A conservative Mennonite woman's head covering is a subversive, embodied text that corrects power imbalances they perceive between masculine and feminine. The results of viewing Mennonite dress practices through the lens of literacy show them to be a coherent sign system that passes between generations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Clifton, John M.
Commitee: Donehower, Kim, Fraiser, Douglas M.
School: The University of North Dakota
Department: Linguistics
School Location: United States -- North Dakota
Source: MAI 58/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fashion, Linguistics, American history
Keywords: Anabaptist, Clothing, Heritage literacy, Mennonite, Multimodality, New literacy studies
Publication Number: 10845634
ISBN: 978-0-438-39577-0
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