Appearances can be deceptive: A report on the dress, tastes and values of Hungarian secondary school pupils

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This paper reports a study of secondary school pupils' dress, tastes and values. Adolescents from eighteen cities and towns in Hungary responded to a questionnaire and were photographed wearing their favourite attire. A finding was that their dress styles correlated with their tastes in music. However the characteristic differences between taste in clothes and music did not correspond with significant variations in their value systems. Other than dress, these secondary school pupils' cultural habits, social relationships and lifestyles did not differ very much and they were a rather homogenous group.

Keywords: dress; secondary school; subcultures; taste culture; young people

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Nyregyhza College, Hungary.

Publication date: June 1, 2009

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