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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 paper makes a contribution to the growing field of sociology of aging 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.
Author(s): Morgner C, Hazel S, Schneider J, Tischler V
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Sociological Research Online
Print publication date: 01/12/2019
Online publication date: 10/04/2019
Acceptance date: 03/02/2019
Date deposited: 13/02/2019
ISSN (electronic): 1360-7804
Publisher: Sage Journals
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