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STEREOTYPES OF PHYSICAL APPEARANCE
ESPECIALLY IN

CLOTHING

2004 – 2005 TERM PROJECT

Submitted to

ZELIHA GULCAT

By

MERVE AKGUL
SAIME SARIKAYA
TUNA ARABACI

Introduction

The aim of this research is to find out if there are stereotypes of physical appearance especially in dressing and to find out what these stereotypes are. In psychology and sociology researches, different types of stereotyping people are found. However, these stereotypes generally depend on race, sex and ethnicity. In this study, existence of stereotyping people according to clothing styles is tried to be proved.

Before this study, a thesis called “Clothing Motives” was done by Ilhan Candas in 1985. In that study, Ilhan Candas studied the motives behind people's selection of different types of clothes. He had a questionnaire which he applied to nearly a hundred people. He used the figures of people which have small differences. He tried to find out the effects of these small differences on people.

However, in the present study different methods are used and it is about the stereotypes of dressing not the motives of clothes. Also in this study the researchers do not study small differences but they focus on different styles of clothes and the prejudices of people toward these different styles.

Methodology
The hypothesis of the study is that people have some common stereotypes about the way people dress. To prove this claim, two methods are used. These methods are questionnaire and interview.

Questionnaire: (Appendix 1)

Subjects: 25 people who are the students of Bogazici University from different classes. (13 men, 12 women) Preparation: It is prepared according to data that is collected, especially from a thesis that is done by Ilhan Candas in 1985. It is generally adapted from the questionnaire that Ilhan Candas prepared for his research. Content: It contains twenty...

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