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Conduct in Dementia: Video Analysis of Arts Interventions

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posted on 10.09.2019, 14:17 by Christian Morgner, Spencer Hazel, Justine Schneider, Victoria Tischler
This study applies video analysis to an investigation of interactions among people with dementia in a cultural context, specifically a visual art exhibition in a gallery. The study adopts a sociologically informed approach to explore the role of artworks and how these may be beneficial to dementia care, by focusing on meaning-making conversational practices among people living with dementia. The interactions of different individuals with various forms of dementia were recorded during three gallery visits, including their engagement with gallery attendants and artworks. The findings reveal the socially empowering impact of interactions related to artwork, with complex patterns in bodily behaviour and facial expressions meaning that orientation to dementia became negligible. The article makes a contribution to the growing field of sociology of ageing and well-being from an interaction analytic perspective, indicating that cultural values can play a greater role in the care of people living with dementia.


The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The project was funded by a seedcorn grant from Alzheimer’s Research UK (grant number A931B6).



Sociological Research Online, 2019

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Media, Communication and Sociology


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