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Attire should be cheap and plain. Wesley speaks about neatness of apparel, but may have meant this in the sense of being without adornments. 23 | Kees van Dijk must be counted among those explorers, travellers, and missionaries about whom the first question which enters one’s mind is: why did they do it? He wrote that a death sentence was preferable to residence in the Middle East (Oren 2007:240). By World War Two the American outlook did not seem to have changed much. General Dwight D. Eisenhower liked Algiers, it was a ‘beautiful and picturesque’ city, but he did complain about the Arabs who seemed ‘to have very little regard for personal cleanliness’ (Oren 2007:464).
London: Abacus. Perrot, Philippe 1987 Werken aan de schijn; Veranderingen van het vrouwelijk lichaam in de achttiende en negentiende eeuw. Nijmegen: SUN. [Originally published as Le travail des apparences, ou les transformations du corps féminin XVIIIe-XIXe siècle. ] Platt, Kate 1923 The home and health in India and the tropical colonies. London: Baillière, Tindall and Cox. Prabasmoro, Aquarini 2004 Becoming white; Representasi ras, kelas, feminitas dan globalitas dalam iklan sabun. Kata pengantar oleh Safrina Noorman.
From this evidence Schama argues that cleanliness was associated, in the minds of Dutch people, with pride and shame. A shared understanding of cleanliness fostered a sense of group solidarity. To be clean was to be patriotic, to defend hearth and homeland from dirty, unwanted invaders, whether vermin or aliens (Schama 1987:376-80). Dutch paintings reinforced this message that dirt and moral failing go together. 1 Schama focuses on the cleaning of objects such as cooking pots and passageways. He has nothing to say of cleaning bodies, but clearly there were rules for personal hygiene too.