Conduct in dementia: video analysis of arts interventions

Morgner, Christian, Hazel, Spencer, Schneider, Justine and Tischler, Victoria ORCID: (2019) Conduct in dementia: video analysis of arts interventions. Sociological Research Online, 24 (4). pp. 514-540. ISSN 1360-7804

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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.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1177/1360780419835564
Additional Information: Copyright © 2019 by SAGE Publications and the British Sociological Association
Keywords: dementia, art, video analysis, meaning-making, sociology of aging, interaction
Subjects: Medicine and health > Clinical medicine > Dementia
Arts > Gallery and museum
Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health
Depositing User: Victoria Tischler
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2019 12:04
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:59


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