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Art, Authenticity and Citizenship for People Living with Dementia in a Care Home

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mabel LieORCiD, Professor Simon WoodsORCiD



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Abstract This paper reports on a study which examined the notions of authenticity and citizenship for people living with cognitive impairment or dementia in a care home in the North East of England. We demonstrated that both notions were present and were encouraged by engagement with an artist, where this involved audio and visual recordings and the creation of a film. The artist’s interactions were observed by a non-participant observer using ethnographic techniques, including interviews with the residents, their families and the staff of the care home. The data were analyzed using grounded theory and the constant comparative method of qualitative analysis. Our findings suggest that participatory art might help to maintain and encourage authenticity and citizenship in people living with dementia in a care home. Certainly, authenticity and citizenship are notions worth pursuing in the context of dementia generally, but especially in care homes.

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Author(s): Hughes JC, Baseman J, Hearne C, Lie MLS, Smith D, Woods S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Ageing and Society

Year: 2022

Volume: 42

Issue: 12

Pages: 2784-2804

Print publication date: 01/12/2022

Online publication date: 22/03/2021

Acceptance date: 10/02/2021

Date deposited: 08/03/2021

ISSN (print): 0144-686X

ISSN (electronic): 1469-1779

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X21000271


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