Skip to main content

Meet the Author - Book Chapters

Book chapters for the meet the author sessions during the GSWS Conference: "Doing the Body in the 21st Century."

Meet the Author

Buttoned Up: Clothing, Conformity, and White-Collar Masculinity (Cornell University Press, 2015)

Erynn Masi de Casanova is an associate professor of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. She is also a faculty affiliate of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department and a faculty affiliate of the Romance Languages and Literatures Department at the University of Cincinnati.

"In Buttoned Up, based on interviews with dozens of men in three U.S. cities with distinct local dress cultures—New York, San Francisco, and Cincinnati—Erynn Masi de Casanova asks what it means to wear the white collar now. Despite the expansion of men’s fashion and grooming practices, the decrease in formal dress codes, and the relaxing of traditional ideas about masculinity, white-collar men feel constrained in their choices about how to embody professionalism. They strategically embrace conformity in clothing as a way of maintaining their gender and class privilege." - Faculty Profile, Department of Sociology, 1/26/16