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The Everyday Aesthete

Dipankar Gupta

in LEARNING TO FORGET

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195674330
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081820 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195674330.003.0004
The Everyday Aesthete

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The appreciation of genius is not solely in the hands of professional aesthetes. Modernity allows for multiple expressions of originality from a variety of quarters, none of which is in a commanding privileged position. A vital aspect of modern aesthetics is its general irreverence towards established ‘high culture’. Aesthetics does not occupy an independent sphere in tribal societies. Modern aesthetics gives little room for considerations of family, artistic pedigree, and fidelity to a tradition. The first signs of fashion really coming into its own were the gradual effacement of the obvious symbols of class identity. Fashion is an aspect of aesthetics. The most significant feature of fashion is the unintellectualized urge to semaphore iso-ontology through one’s clothing, apparel, and accessories. It is believed that tattooing is not fashion.

Keywords: professional aesthetes; modernity; modern aesthetics; fashion; tattooing; clothing; apparel; accessories

Chapter.  7634 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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