Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world


 

About

My research focuses on embodiment and age. Over the last decade I have been engaged in a series of research projects exploring the role of dress in the constitution of age. The first of these, funded by ESRC, looked at women and dress, and was published as Fashion and Age: Dress, the Body and Later Life (Bloomsbury). The second, undertaken with Dr Christina Buse and funded by ESRC, explored the role of dress in supporting the embodied personhood of people with dementia. The third, funded by Leverhulme Trust, extends the analysis to older men. All three studies are concerned with the ways in which dress and age intersect, and the role of the concrete materiality of clothing in the expression of social identities.

My work is part of the growing interest in the cultural constitution of later years, exemplified in the rise of cultural gerontology. With Wendy Martin I edited The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology published in 2015.

My earlier work addressed issues of health and social care. I have argued for the recognition of carework as a form of bodywork, and have written about The Body in Health and Social Care (Palgrave).

Career

I joined the teaching department at Kent in 1996. Previously I had been in the Social Policy department of the University of Hull. My earlier social policy career was in two research units: Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of York, and Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at University of Kent.

Education

My first degree was in History from the University of Durham followed by MSc and PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics.


Contact Information

Address

Room CW NE 214
Cornwallis North East
University of Kent
Canterbury
Kent CT2 7NF

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Publications

Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Article
Buse, C. and Twigg, J. (2015). Clothing, embodied identity and dementia: maintaining the self through dress. Age, Culture, Humanities.
Buse, C. and Twigg, J. (2015). Materialising memories : exploring the stories of people with dementia through dress. Ageing & Society [Online]:1-21. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X15000185.
Campbell, S. et al. (2015). Appearance matters: it's integral to our sense of self. The Journal of Dementia Care 23:20-23.
Martin, D. et al. (2015). Architecture, embodiment and health care: a place for sociology. Sociology of Health & Illness [Online] 37:1007-1022. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12284.
Twigg, J. (2015). Dress and age: the intersection of life and work. International Journal of Ageing and Later Life [Online] 10:55-67. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3384/ijal.1652-8670.15-55.
Twigg, J. and Majima, S. (2014). Consumption and the constitution of age: expenditure patterns of clothing, hair and cosmetics among the post war "baby boomers". Journal of Aging Studies [Online] 30:23-32. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2014.03.003.
Twigg, J. and Martin, W. (2014). The Challenge of Cultural Gerontology. Gerontologist [Online] 55:353-359. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnu061.
Buse, C. and Twigg, J. (2014). Looking out of place: analysing the spatial and symbolic meanings of dementia care setting through dress. International Journal of Ageing and Later Life [Online] 9:69-95. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3384/ijal.1652-8670.20149169.
Buse, C. and Twigg, J. (2014). Women with Dementia and their handbags: Negotiating identity, privacy and "home" through material culture. Journal of Aging Studies [Online] 30:14-22. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2014.03.002.
Twigg, J. and Buse, C. (2013). Dress, dementia and the embodiment of identity. Dementia [Online] 12:326-336. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1471301213476504.
Twigg, J. (2012). Adjusting the cut: fashion, the body and age in the UK high street. Ageing and Society [Online] 32:1030-1054. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X11000754.
Twigg, J. et al. (2011). Conceptualising body work in health and social care. Sociology of Health & Illness [Online] 33:171-188. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9566.2010.01323.x.
Twigg, J. (2010). How does Vogue negotiate age?: fashion, the body and the older woman. Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture [Online] 14:471-490. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/175174110X12792058833898.
Twigg, J. (2010). Clothing and dementia: A neglected dimension? Journal of Aging Studies [Online] 24:223-230. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2010.05.002.
Twigg, J. (2010). Welfare embodied: The materiality of hospital dress: A commentary on Topo and Iltanen-Tähkävuori. Social Science and Medicine [Online] 70:1690-1692. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.01.043.
Twigg, J. (2008). Clothing, aging and me - Routes to research. Journal of Aging Studies [Online] 22:158-162. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2007.12.010.
Twigg, J. (2007). Clothing, age and the body: A critical review. Ageing & Society 27:285-305.
Twigg, J. (2004). The body in social policy: mapping a territory. Journal of Social Policy 31:421-440.
Twigg, J. (2004). The body, gender and age: feminist insights in social gerontology. Journal of Aging Studies 18:59-73.
Twigg, J. (2000). Carework as a form of bodywork. Ageing and Society 20:389-411.
Twigg, J. (1999). The spatial ordering of care: public and private in bathing support at home. Sociology of Health & Illness [Online] 21:381-400. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.00163.
Twigg, J. (1999). Bathing the body: Giving and receiving intimate care at home. Zeitschrift Fur Gerontologie Und Geriatrie 32:218-218.
Twigg, J. and Grand, A. (1998). Contrasting legal conceptions of family obligation and financial reciprocity in the support of older people: France and England. Ageing and Society 18:131-146.
Twigg, J. (1997). Bathing and the politics of care. Social Policy & Administration [Online] 31:61-72. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9515.00038.
Twigg, J. (1997). Deconstructing the 'social bath': Help with bathing at home for older and disabled people. Journal of Social Policy [Online] 26:211-232. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0047279497004960.
Twigg, J. and Atkin, K. (1995). Carers and Services - Factors mediating service provision. Journal of Social Policy 24:5-30.
Twigg, J. (1995). Users, carers and care agencies-conflict or cooperation. Journal of the Royal Society of Health 115:256-257.
Edited book
Twigg, J. and Martin, W. eds. (2015). The Handbook of Cultural Gerontology. [Online]. Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415631143.
Twigg, J. et al. eds. (2011). Body Work in Health and Social Care: Critical Themes, New Agendas. [Online]. John Wiley and Sons Ltd. Available at: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Body-Work-Health-Social-Care-Julia-Twigg/9781444349870.
Research report (external)
Forrester-Jones, R., Barnoux, M. and Twigg, J. (2015). Memories, moments and mannequins: the changing world of Learning Disability - Summary Findings. University of Kent in collaboration with East Kent Mencap.
Book section
Twigg, J. (2015). Dress and Age. in: Twigg, J. and Martin, W. eds. The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology. Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge, pp. 149-156. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415631143.
Twigg, J. and Martin, W. (2015). The field of cultural gerontology: an introduction. in: Twigg, J. and Martin, W. eds. The Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology. Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge, pp. 1-16. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415631143.
Twigg, J. (2014). Clothing, identity, embodiment and age. in: McCann, J. and Bryson, D. eds. Textile - led Design for the Active Ageing Population. Cambridge: Woodhead, pp. 13-22. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-85709-538-1.00002-X.
Twigg, J. (2013). Fashion, the body and age. in: Black, S. et al. eds. The Handbook of Fashion Studies. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, pp. 78-94.
Twigg, J. (2012). Fashion and age : the role of women’s magazines in the constitution of aged identities. in: Ylanne, V. ed. Representing Ageing: Images and Identities. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 132-146.
Twigg, J. (2011). Modern asceticism and contemporary body culture. in: Van Molle, L., Wils, K. and Peeters, E. eds. Beyond Pleasure: Cultures of Modern Asceticism. Berghahn Books.
Twigg, J. (2009). Clothing, identity and the embodiment of age. in: Powell, J. and Gilbert, T. eds. Aging Identity: A Dialogue with Postmodernism. Nova Science Publishers Inc, pp. 93-104.
Twigg, J. (2002). The bodywork of care. in: Andersson, L. ed. Cultural Gerontology. Westport CT: Greenwood.
Book
Twigg, J. (2013). Fashion and Age: Dress, the Body and Later Life. [Online]. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Available at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/fashion-and-age-9781472520128/.
Twigg, J. (2006). The Body in Health and Social Care. Andersson, L. ed. Palgrave Macmillan.
Twigg, J. (2000). Bathing - the Body and Community Care. London: Taylor and Francis.
Twigg, J. and Atkin, K. (1994). Carers Perceived: Policy and Practice in Informal Care. Open University Press.
Review
Twigg, J. (2008). A Caring Society? Care and the Dilemmas of Human Service in the 21st Century. Ageing and Society [Online] 28:135-137. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s0144686x07006514.
Twigg, J. (1998). Re-evaluating residential care. Journal of Social Policy 27:295-296.
Monograph
Alaszewski, A. et al. (2003). Providing integrated health and social care for older persons in the United Kingdom. Centre for Health Services Studies.
Total publications in KAR: 45 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

My research focuses on embodiment and age. Over the last decade, I have been engaged in a series of research projects exploring the role of dress in the constitution of age. The first of these, funded by ESRC, looked at women and dress, and was published as Fashion and Age: Dress, the Body and Later Life (Bloomsbury). The second, undertaken with Dr Christina Buse and also funded by ESRC, explored the role of dress in supporting the embodied personhood of people with dementia. The third, funded by Leverhulme Trust, extends the analysis to older men. All three studies are concerned with the ways in which dress and age intersect, and the role of the concrete materiality of clothing in the expression of social identities.

For a fuller account see the Clothing & Age website.

I am co-convenor with Dr Wendy Martin of the British Sociological Association Ageing, Body and Society Study Group. The group has an active programme of seminars and day conferences with international speakers.

The body in social care

I have a particular interest in the body in social care and in 2000 published an analysis of the provision of personal care: Bathing, the Body and Community Care, Routledge. This was based on an ESRC-funded study of personal care that looked at provision from the viewpoint of both providers (careworkers and recipients), older and disabled people.

Bathing book cover

Informal care

I have written on informal or family based care, particular in relation to the presence or otherwise of support for carers and its effectiveness: Carers Perceived: Policy and Practice in Informal Care, Open University. (PDF) I have also engaged in comparative work on this subject.

Food and diets

 I have a long term interest in the sociology of food. I have written on the history and ideology of the vegetarianism in Britain in the nineteenth end twentieth centuries. I have recently contributed to an historical analysis of Modern Asceticism that encompasses food practices.   I interested in obesity and eating disorders, the control of the body and food, and food and older people.

Past

I have undertaken research on a range of subjects including:

  • Study of bathing and personal care for older people, ESRC-funded, Bathing – the Body and Community Care, Routledge, 2000
  • Support for informal carers, funded by the Department of Health and undertaken at Social Policy Research Unit, University of York. Twigg, J and Atkin, K. Carers Perceived, Open University Press 1994
  • International comparisons in relation to informal care, OECD funded.
  • Evaluation of domiciliary care for older people, Department of Health funded, PSSRU, University of Kent
  • Vegetarianism in nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a study in the structure of an ideology

Supervision

My interests cross the borders of sociology and social policy and I am keen to supervise students in the areas of my past and current research, as well as in fields where I have a reading and research interest but am not currently doing research. These include:

  • Clothing and dress
  • The body in health and social care
  • Ageing and the body
  • Cultural theories of ageing
  • Social care and older people
  • Home care and residential services
  • Carework and the care workforce
  • Spatial and temporal analysis of social and health care
  • Cultures of bathing
  • Food

I would be particularly interested in supervising studies on the following:

  • Older men and clothing
  • Aesthetic labour at work: age discrimination, and the management of appearance through clothing at work for 50+
  • Role of institutional dress in relation to long stay faculties in the past for both older and disabled people, a historical study
  • Ethnographic study of the role of clothing within long term care facilities
  • Ethnographic study of food in care institutions
  • Work on design of clothing for older people
  • Hairdressing and appearance in relation to older women
  • Clothing and death

If you have a proposal in these areas and you are interested in studying at the University of Kent, please email me to discuss further.


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Teaching

Current

I teach a variety of subjects across the school. My specialist areas include: The Social Politics of Food and Social Care. I also teach on postgraduate courses and act as a PhD supervisor.

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Activity

  • Joint convener of BSA Study Group Ageing, Body and Society.

Editorial

  • Editorial board member of Journal of Social Policy.
  • Editorial board member of Ageing & Society.
  • Editorial board member of Journal of Aging Studies.
  • Editorial board member of International Journal of Ageing and Later Life.
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Media

My work and interests

 

A lecture where I speak on fashion and age
(a Think Kent video)

 

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Telephone: +44(0)1227 823072 Fax: +44(0)1227 827005 or email us

SSPSSR, Faculty of Social Sciences, Cornwallis North East, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF

Last Updated: 26/04/2016