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Title: Conduct in Dementia: Video Analysis of Arts Interventions
Authors: Morgner, Christian
Hazel, Spencer
Schneider, Justine
Tischler, Victoria
First Published: 10-Apr-2019
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: Sociological Research Online, 2019
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1360780419835564
eISSN: 1360-7804
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2019, SAGE Publications (UK and US). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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