Being yourself: dress as a change agent

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    Dressing is a process of mental and physical preparation that enables the individual to be grounded in a particular situation and successfully interact with others. When required to traverse situational boundaries, the ability of dress to perform this function can be problematic and cause a confusion of self-identity. The chapter considers the transformative functions of dress in situational contexts by examining the lived experience of two women who are undergoing changes to their bodies; one in pregnancy and the other after a mastectomy. Dress plays an important role for the women in adapting to their changing bodies, in dealing with their changing sense of self-identity and by enabling their social interaction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFashioning Identities
    Subtitle of host publicationCultures of Exchange
    EditorsSarah Heaton
    Place of PublicationOxford, UK
    PublisherInter-Disciplinary Press
    Number of pages21
    ISBN (Print)9781848882126
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • dressing
    • dress
    • clothing and fashion
    • self-identity
    • women


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