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Keeping up appearances: family carers and people with dementia negotiating normalcy through dress practice

Buse, Christina E. and Twigg, Julia (2018) Keeping up appearances: family carers and people with dementia negotiating normalcy through dress practice. In: Thomas, Gareth M and Sakellariou, Dikaios, eds. Disability, Normalcy, and the Everyday. Taylor and Francis. ISBN 978-1-138-21421-7. E-ISBN 978-1-315-44644-8. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:81309)

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Abstract

Dress forms part of the taken-for-granted routines that constitute everyday life, but can be dys-rupted in the context of disability – in this case, dementia. Drawing on qualitative research, this chapter situates dress practice as part of how people with dementia and family carers manage the disruption caused by dementia, focussing on the renegotiation of ideas of ‘normality’ and ordinariness. Maintaining ‘ordinariness’ in this context, however, becomes more than just the achievement of continuity, representing efforts to ‘pass’ and manage the public presentation of self in ways that can normalise dementia, and demonstrate how family carers are ‘coping’ and caring adequately.

Item Type: Book section
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Paul Crame
Date Deposited: 19 May 2020 09:49 UTC
Last Modified: 20 May 2020 14:32 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/81309 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Twigg, Julia: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2223-7116
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