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Dress, body and experiences of victimization

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Our research purpose was to uncover perceived relationships between aspects of appearance (i.e., body, dress) and experiences of any form of victimization from the perspective of survivors. We addressed three research questions: (1) what connection, if any, did survivors draw between their appearance and their experience of victimization?; (2) what changes, if any, did survivors make to their appearance after their experience(s)?; and (3) what advice, if any, would survivors give to others on appearance as a result of their experience? Five women and three men completed interviews. Participants identified appearance cues as a stimulus evoking others’ behaviours towards them. Both general appearance attributes and specific attributes were credited with eliciting negative behaviours. Experiences with victimization often occurred when the individual was attempting to move into a culture that was new to them. Most participants altered or made adjustments to their appearance as a result of their victimization experience.
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Keywords: appearance; assault; bullying; hate crime; teasing; violence

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa 2: University of Minnesota

Publication date: October 1, 2017

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  • Fashion, Style & Popular Culture is a peer-reviewed journal specifically dedicated to the area of fashion scholarship and its interfacings with popular culture. It was established to provide an interdisciplinary environment for fashion academics and practitioners to publish innovative scholarship in all aspects of fashion and popular culture relating to design, textiles, production, promotion, consumption and appearance-related products and services. Articles related to history, manufacturing, aesthetics, sourcing, marketing, branding, merchandising, retailing, technology, psychological/sociological aspects of dress, style, body image, and cultural identities, as well as purchasing, shopping, and the ways and means consumers construct identity as associated to Fashion, Style & Popular Culture are welcomed. The journal offers a broad range of written and visual scholarship and includes works done through various methods of research. We welcome conceptual, theoretical and translational applied research in the areas of fashion, style and popular culture. This journal hopes to stimulate new discussions in the fashion disciplines and to push the envelope of scholarship by welcoming new and established scholars to submit their works.
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