Zambian moments

Karen Tranberg Hansen*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Focusing on dress practices that involve both new and secondhand clothing in Zambia, this article discusses the 'social death' of things. The ephemeral and fleeting qualities are revealed in the social relations and interactions in which dress is embedded. Different contextual evaluations of the involvement of dress with their wearers' changing lives illustrate how demonstrative display of the dressed body produces experiences of dress that vanish almost as soon as they have been created.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-309
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Material Culture
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 2003


  • Fashion
  • Used clothes
  • Zambia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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