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Conduct in Dementia: Video Analysis of Arts Interventions

Morgner, Christian; Hazel, Spencer; Schneider, Justine; Victoria, Tischler


Christian Morgner

Spencer Hazel

Justine Schneider

Tischler Victoria


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.


Morgner, C., Hazel, S., Schneider, J., & Victoria, T. (2019). Conduct in Dementia: Video Analysis of Arts Interventions. Sociological Research Online, 24(4), 514-540.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 13, 2019
Online Publication Date Apr 10, 2019
Publication Date Dec 1, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 26, 2019
Publicly Available Date Feb 27, 2019
Journal Sociological Research Online
Electronic ISSN 1360-7804
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 4
Pages 514-540
Keywords dementia; art; video analysis; meaning-making; sociology of aging; interaction
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