Lesson 1.2: Group Identity
- As I work at a major tourist attraction, I see a fairly wide range of
people on a daily basis. This time of year, we are inundated with
summer camp groups so I will use them as my essay subject. They all
wear a uniform of sortsusually a brightly colored tee-shirt with
their camp logo. If the kids are young, the shirts are usually three
sized too large. With exception of the tee-shirt, the kids may wear
whatever theyor their parentsallow.
Since I do not know how they celebrate social functions, I am not
sure how they dress. Their tee-shirts are obviously a way to
identify themselves as a group, and the bright color helps identify
each child in a crowd. Status is only two-tiered; the campers and
the counselors. All the campers wear the same color and style of
shirt, but the counselors' shirts may be one of three choices.
Sometimes they wear the same shirt, sometimes they wear a similar
shirt but in a different color, and sometimes they do not adhere to a
dress code of sorts, and wear what they want.
Most of the campers are quite young, so the kids aren't dressing to
impress the opposite sex. They do, however, express their
individuality through the rest of their outfit. While many kids
coordinate their shirts with their bottoms and accessories, others
make unique fashion choices with color and style of pants, shorts,
skirts, hair accessories, jewelry, and backpacks.
All in all, whether the tee-shirt fits them perfectly or it looks
like their drowning in it, the uniform shirt does not hamper the
kids' ability to let their personality shine through their clothing