Dementia, Distributed Interactional Competence and Social Membership
Journal of Aging Studies
The article analyzes how a person with dementia playing a guitar collaborates with other people in a joint activity. The analysis shows that a person with dementia may gain social membership in a group of persons with and without dementia through social interaction, collaboration, scaffolding and use of material anchors. It shows that interactional skills as well as skills as guitar player are not only products of a mind-body system, but also a product of collaboration between different actors with different participant statuses in a particular situation. The guitar player's mind emerges in the social context of the joint activity and scaffolding. Scaffolding comes from interactive moves from the other participants without dementia and from the guitar. The guitar represents a material anchor. It is a tool for participation, experiences of pleasure, and coping, but it is also a challenge that requires management of face threatening events.
Music and Health Institute Terms
Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Coping; Elderly; Engagement Level; Interpersonal Relations; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Playing an Instrument; Recreative Music Methods
Cooperative Behavior; Dementia; Interpersonal Relations; Norway; Pleasure; Collaboration; Dementia; Interaction; Material anchor; Scaffolding; Social membership
Editorial, Opinions, Position Papers
Gjernes, T. and Måseide, P., "Dementia, Distributed Interactional Competence and Social Membership" (2015). Research on Music and Dementia. 299.