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"...the world was getting smaller" : women, agoraphobia and bodily boundaries.

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  • Joyce Davidson
  • I. Dyck (Editor)
  • N. Davis Lewis (Editor)
  • S. McLafferty (Editor)
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>03/2000
Issue number1
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)31-40
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Drawing on individual and group interviews with agoraphobic women, this paper explores sufferers' accounts of agoraphobia as entailing apparent dysfunctions in spatial awareness. In particular, it examines the effects of agoraphobic anxiety on the lived boundaries of body and self and relates this to agoraphobics' contrasting experiences of the relative 'security' of the home and the unheimlich and disturbing architecture of the shopping mall.