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Conduct in Dementia: Video Analysis of Arts Interventions

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Spencer Hazel



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Sage Journals, 2019.

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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.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Morgner C, Hazel S, Schneider J, Tischler V

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sociological Research Online

Year: 2019

Volume: 24

Issue: 4

Pages: 514-540

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


DOI: 10.1177/1360780419835564


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