publication . Article . 2015

Clothing, embodied identity and dementia: maintaining the self through dress

Buse, Christina E.; Twigg, Julia;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: The Athenaeum Press at Coastal Carolina University
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Clothes are central to how we perform our identities. In this article, we show how these processes continue to operate in the lives of people with dementia, exploring the ways in which dress offers a means of maintaining continuity of self at a material, embodied level. The article thus contributes to the wider cultural turn in aging studies, showing how material objects are significant in meaning-making, even for this mentally frail group. The article draws on the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded study “Dementia and Dress,” which examined the implications of clothing for people with dementia, carers, and care workers, using ethnographic and qu...
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