Dementia and the inter-embodied self

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Abstract

In the twenty-first century, new forms of community in dementia are emerging. The existence of these communities challenges the individualisation of the self, which has come to characterise 'person-centred' approaches to dementia care over the past 30 years. In this article, an alternative approach (the inter-embodied self) is presented. This approach to promoting selfhood in dementia is based on the premise that the self is not an intrinsic aspect of embodied Being but is instead a transactive phenomenon, which exists in a perpetual state of becoming. As such, the primary goal of practitioners should not be the fixing, reviving or re-unifying of a pre-morbid self but, instead, enabling a rich and polyphonic montage of selves to emerge. Drawing on a short documentary film about experiences of friendship in dementia, the article concludes by highlighting the potential contribution of the inter-embodied self to contemporary dementia care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-137
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Theory & Health
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • dementia
  • dividuality
  • intercorporeality
  • dialogical selfhood
  • person-centred care
  • ethic of care

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