Uniformity in Dress: A Worldwide Cross-Cultural Comparison

Human Nature Vol/Iss. 34 Springer Science+Business Media Published In Pages: 359–380
By Ember, Carol R., McCarter, Abbe, Ringen, Erik J.


Egalitarian societies will have higher levels of synchrony of dress.


Contrary to what was expected, the results show that community size has a weak or no relationship to the dress variable. Overall, socially stratified societies tend to have higher standardization of dress. Nonetheless, non-permanent adornment standardization and constraint of adornment is positively predicted by egalitarian societies.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Bayesian modelingPartially supportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN

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