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Language, disfigurement, stigma and clothing

Wilkinson, C and Carter, B (2016) Language, disfigurement, stigma and clothing. Journal of Child Health Care, 20 (4). pp. 417-418. ISSN 1367-4935

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The language we use shapes the encounters we have with children, young people and their families. The words we choose carry power to support, label, positively affect or diminish self-esteem. The words we select either consciously or unconsciously have impact. Words are culturally, contextually and temporally bound. They are political, shifting both in response to situations and in order to reframe situations. Words evolve. Words that were acceptable and commonplace can soon be perceived as being demeaning, mocking and stigmatising. Words carry meaning. Assaultive speech can produce victimising effects (Butler, 1997). The notion that speech wounds relies on the inseparable and incongruous relation between body and speech. Importantly, as Butler (1997) tells us, efforts to establish the wounding power of certain words depends on who is interpreting what the words mean and what they perform. This raises concerns about which words wound and which representations offend.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1110 Nursing, 1117 Public Health and Health Services, 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs > GT500 Costume. Dress. Fashion
Divisions: Education
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2020 10:53
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 08:32
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/1367493516680732
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11698
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