¬ Silvia Bombardini
At the turn of the 20th century, a plague was sweeping through the temples of consumption of the Western world. Like mites taking bites off the profit books, shoplifters had multiplied to the point that their thefts, of little consequence on their own, were posing when combined a real threat to the new department stores’ turnover.
The offenders, usually female, were often wealthy enough they could have afforded easily whatever they stole—a fact that led many, at the time and since, to question the root causes of their criminal behaviour since poverty was not to blame.
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THE SHOPLIFTER’S CLOTHES: TECHNOLOGIES FOR A FEMINIST PRACTICE
Silvia Bombardini ist Autorin, gelegentliche Filmkuratorin und Doktorandin an der Goldsmiths University, wo sie sich mit Ladendiebstahl als feministischer Praxis an der Wende zum 20. Ihre Forschung ist Teil des Projekts "Politics of Patents (POP): Re-imagining citizenship via clothing inventions 1820-2020' im Bereich Visual Sociology (Goldsmiths University).