Second-hand clothing and young adults in Dalian, Northern China

Stockton, Brigitte (2021) Second-hand clothing and young adults in Dalian, Northern China. In: Secondhand Cultures in Unsettled Times, 15 - 16 June 2021, Virtual Cardiff University.

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Abstract

This research paper focused on the habitus between second-hand clothing and young adults in Dalian, Northern China. Previously with the majority of Chinese clothing production going to export the associated waste or surplus would become another nation’s problem. However, China is a country that is still undergoing a cultural shift, whereby it has become both manufacturer and consumer, and a visible outcome of this is the range and extent of consumer environments that are available but also the growing problem of waste. Considering this further within the context of the Transformation Theory (Meizrow: 2000) it is feasible to identify this stage as a crisis point, where either denial or exploration and adaptation could decide the future ecological and economic impact of the nation. This led Stockton to undertake research over a two-year period to establish the relationship between second-hand clothing to examine what appeared to be a disassociation between apparel manufacturing, the drive to buy new and the end product. Although shopping environments were in excess and varied to be attractive to particular socio-economic sectors there appeared to be no formal space for second-hand or vintage apparel. Through a series of case studies, survey and observational research it became possible to extend the discourse on questions relating to the social status of old clothing, who was buying them and where and how were they being sold.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Secondhand, Clothing, China
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2021 08:07
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2021 11:03
URI: https://bucks.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/18377

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