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Squirrels and nostalgia: About wardrobe collections of older women
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Demographic Data Base. (ALC)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1830-9941
2015 (English)In: Ageing, culture and identity / [ed] Lena Karlsson, Marianne Liliequist, Anna Sofia Lundgren, Karin Lövgren & Angelika Sjöstedt Landén, Umeå: Umeå University , 2015, 95-120 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The focus in this article has been on how older women, between 62 and 94 years old, talk of their wardrobe collections. The key questions guiding the analyses of the women’s narratives have been: how did they describe their wardrobe collections; how did they talk of sorting through their garments and organising them; and how did they explain clothes kept but no longer used. The aim has been to let the women’s voices be heard and to give their perspective. Sorting through the wardrobe was an ongoing task, where some felt burdened by owning too many items of clothing, whereas others talked of the importance of remembering through items kept. Garments are like materialised photo albums, loaded with memories. Several informants showed a pragmatic side, emphasising that it was important that garments were put to use and not wasted. References to utility and thrift intersected with emotional ones. The informants used self-distancing descriptions, jokingly referring to themselves as ‘squirrels’ or nostalgic, reluctant to sort through their often substantial clothes collections and throw things away. Clothes also represented the pleasure inherent in the aesthetic work of combining outfits and making an effort to wear something appropriate for each different occasion

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Umeå: Umeå University , 2015. 95-120 p.
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ageing, older, old, women, dress, wardrobe interviews, collections, divestment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-112409ISBN: 978-91-7601-303-8OAI: diva2:877486
I garderoben: kvinnor, kläder och åldrande
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Available from: 2015-12-07 Created: 2015-12-07 Last updated: 2016-01-15Bibliographically approved

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