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SOARES, Carmen Lúcia. Clothes for physical activities and sports: new body awareness and education (Brazil, 1920-1940). Pro-Posições [online]. 2011, vol.22, n.3, pp.81-96. ISSN 1980-6248.

The clothes occupy a privileged place in the history of humanity and its sexual, ethnic, religious, political or daily specifics reveal this positioning. A piece of clothing constitutes a fundamental human being attribute and the act of dressing obeys social determinations, which are the result of a laborious process of awareness transformation related to the body and its exposure, the tolerance to nudity and body nature. This work aims to locate, select and analyze articles and images published in Brazilian newspapers that belong to the domain of Physical Education and Sports between the years of 1920 and 1940 and seeks to understand the reasons for the use of specific clothes in these practices in their hygienic, moral and aesthetic dimensions, present in the arguments developed in that period. The analysed sources consist in three magazines published in Brazil during the period delimited for this study.

Keywords : body education; sportswear; body hygiene.

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