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DOES SHEDDING ONE'S CLOTHES IMPLY SHEDDING ONE'S CULTURE? A CROSSCULTURAL TEST OF NUDISM CLAIMS

H. W. SMITH
International Review of Modern Sociology
Vol. 10, No. 2 (July-December 1980), pp. 255-268
Published by: International Journals
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41420756
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DOES SHEDDING ONE'S CLOTHES IMPLY SHEDDING ONE'S CULTURE? A CROSSCULTURAL TEST OF NUDISM CLAIMS
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Abstract

The rhetoric of the nudism and anti-nudism movements emphasizes freedom from many of the normal constraints which regulate human interaction in nudist settings, although for different reasons. Using data from French and German beaches, this hypothesis is tested using five different indicators. Little significant variation between nudists and non-nudists within French and German settings is found in their patterns of interactional spacing, while more significant main effects for differences of cultures are found regardless of nudity status. As a subculture, nudists would appear to differ from nonnudists only in their propensity to like to sunbathe in the nude. Their nude status would appear to have none of the de-inhibiting effects often attributed to nudism. By contrast, clear cultural differences between German and French cultures are shown consistent with Hall's highlow context distinction and the Francoeurs' hot-cool sexuality continuum.

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