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Ageing in Everyday LifeMaterialities and Embodiments$
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Stephen Katz

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447335917

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447335917.001.0001

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Dancing with dementia: citizenship, embodiment and everyday life in the context of long-term care

Dancing with dementia: citizenship, embodiment and everyday life in the context of long-term care

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(p.163) Nine Dancing with dementia: citizenship, embodiment and everyday life in the context of long-term care
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Ageing in Everyday Life
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Pia Kontos

Alisa Grigorovich

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447335917.003.0009

Despite the critical knowledge base on dance from phenomenological analyses and somatic studies, dance scholarship and practice in the dementia field largely represents a movement towards cognitive science with an emphasis on embodied cognition and psychotherapeutic use of dance. This chapter argues that understanding and fully supporting dance, not as a therapeutic, but rather as a dimension of everyday life, requires a turn to citizenship, specifically to a model that emphasises both embodied selfhood and relationality. The chapter articulates this argument by analysing findings of an ethnographic study of selfhood in Alzheimer’s disease in a Canadian long-term care facility in the context of the relational model of citizenship. Relational citizenship brings a new and critical dimension to understanding self-expression through dance by persons with dementia, while also addressing broader issues of inclusivity and the ethical imperative to fully support dance through institutional policies, structures and practices.

Keywords:   relationality, embodied selfhood, somatics, dance science, ethnography, dementia

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