Creating vignettes of early onset dementia: an exercise in public sociology

Nicholas Jenkins, Sarah Keyes, Liz Strange

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Drawing on core principles of public sociology, this article discusses the creation of four theatrical vignettes about living with early onset dementia (symptoms of dementia pre-65). The vignettes were developed through an Image Theatre workshop, involving families living with early onset dementia. They were designed to capture key themes, issues and experiences that emerged from the group's collective experience. While the content of the vignettes speaks to a range of key sociological debates (especially in relation to the lived experience of time, risk, social exclusion and stigma in dementia) the process of creating and using the vignettes represents the first empirical application of a (public) sociological approach to person-centredness' in dementia; which views persons as dividual' and selves as transactive. We conclude by advocating for a rich and diverse public sociology of dementia in the 21st century.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-92
Number of pages16
JournalSociology - The Journal of the British Sociological Association
Issue number1
Early online date29 Jan 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016


  • dementia
  • early onset
  • Image Theatre
  • individualism
  • public sociology
  • vignettes


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