Understanding the personhood of Deaf people with dementia: Methodological issues

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    Abstract

    © 2014.This article concerns Deaf people in the United Kingdom, who use sign language, who have a formal diagnosis of dementia and who have participated in interviews in British Sign Language (BSL) about their experience of living with dementia. We address the methodological challenges involved in enabling culturally meaningful participation in circumstances where the non-verbal is not equivalent to the non-linguistic. We demonstrate the use of interpretative narrative representation of data for purposes of cultural brokering. We explore the contribution of Deaf people's experiences and the analysis of their visual, spatial narratives to debates about personhood and the embodied self in dementia studies. Finally, we consider the significance of the situational as cultural in relation to holistic interpretation of narrative.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)62-69
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Aging Studies
    Volume31
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

    Keywords

    • Deaf
    • Dementia
    • Sign language
    • Visual methods

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