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Dress and Age

Twigg, Julia (2015) Dress and Age. In: Twigg, Julia and Martin, Wendy, eds. The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK, pp. 149-156. ISBN 978-0-415-63114-3. E-ISBN 978-0-203-09709-0. (KAR id:53627)


The chapter addresses the role of clothing and dress in the constitution of age. Clothes are central to how identity is performed at an embodied level. This is true not just of social categorisations such as gender, class and ethnicity, but also age. The chapter explores age ordering in dress, and asks if the dominance of this long familiar pattern has lessened with the changing cultural location of older people in western societies, and the wider impact of consumption culture. It addresses the interplay between the body and dress, exploring the intersections between bodily and cultural ageing.

Item Type: Book section
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: Lucie Patch
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2016 11:13 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:32 UTC
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Twigg, Julia.

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