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Clothing and dementia: A neglected dimension?

Twigg, Julia (2010) Clothing and dementia: A neglected dimension? Journal of Aging Studies, 24 (4). pp. 223-230. ISSN 0890 - 4065. (doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2010.05.002) (KAR id:34535)


The article explores the neglected subject of clothing and dementia. Addressing questions of the body, identity and selfhood, it argues – against the dominant understanding – that clothes continue to be significant in the lives and wellbeing of people with dementia. Drawing on new theorising that emphasises the embodied nature of selfhood, the article explores the role of clothing in the maintenance of identity; its nature as the ‘environment closest in’; its significance in social interaction; and its potential character as an agent of control and normativity. The article concludes that clothing and dress offer a potentially interesting field in which we can explore the nature of personhood in dementia, and in ways that offer insights into forms of response through which individuality and selfhood can be recognised, maintained and enhanced.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jaging.2010.05.002
Uncontrolled keywords: Clothing; Body; Dementia; Identity; Personhood; Embodiment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2013 10:40 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:11 UTC
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Twigg, Julia.

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