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Disfigurement, the body and dress: A review of the literature

Wilkinson, C, Carter, B and Shokrollahi, K (2018) Disfigurement, the body and dress: A review of the literature. Geography Compass, 12 (10). ISSN 1749-8198

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This article reviews literature on disfigurement, the body and dress in order to better understand the relationship between dress—including mainstream clothing (“fashion”), clinical clothing (such as pressure garments, prescribed glasses, and prescribed footwear), and accessories—and its social and symbolic status for individuals living with a visible difference. We assess the state of the field through an interdisciplinary lens, collating literature from disciplines including but not limited to Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Health. We review literature pertaining to living with a disfigurement and managing stigma, with an emphasis on dress and the disfigured body. In bringing this scholarship together, we speak to the geographies of the body and literature on the body and dress, considering the dressed body as both subject in, and object of, dress practice. We suggest that a new substantive focus on disfigurement could help to broaden and invigorate existing fields of inquiry at the intersection of social, health, and cultural geographies. In concluding, we highlight thematic directions for future study, including exploring the spaces and places in which decisions relating to disfigurement and dress are made, and the complex processes of negotiating marginalisation by those with a disfigurement.

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Additional Information: "This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Wilkinson, C, Carter, B, Shokrollahi, K. Disfigurement, the body and dress: A review of the literature. Geography Compass. 2018; 12:e12382., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/gec3.12382. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience, 1604 Human Geography, 0699 Other Biological Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs > GT500 Costume. Dress. Fashion
Divisions: Education
Publisher: Wiley
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2020 10:47
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 08:32
DOI or ID number: 10.1111/gec3.12382
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11694
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