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dc.contributor.authorM. Bergschöld, Jenny
dc.identifier.citationFrontiers in Sociology. 2018, 3 .nb_NO
dc.description.abstractThis paper contributes to the discussion on the materiality of age and ageing in this special issue by presenting a case that illustrates how nursing students are trained to shape gerontechnologies in ways that have socio-political consequences for older adults with dementia who are ageing at home. Drawing on ethnographical fieldwork and grounded theory, I deliberately stage a dialogue between STS theory on technology, and relational approaches to the social study of dementia in an analysis of a lecture where master students in a university nursing programme learn about gerontechnology and dementia. I identify inability to purposively use technology, recalcitrance and attentiveness as three behaviours that are described as typical for older adults with dementia who are ageing at home, and selection and placement of gerontechnologies as two ways in which the nursing students are taught to delimit this behaviour by material means. I show how selection and placement of gerontechnologies are means by which nursing students are taught to shape gerontechnologies in ways that can disempower older adults who are ageing at home, and I show how the educators draw on a biomedical understanding of dementia to accomplish a link between disempowering, and caring for older adults with dementia. I argue that care professionals practices of shaping gerontechnologies can be understood as empirical sites where care professionals exercise power over older adults with dementia who are ageing at home by socio-material means. I conclude that there is a continued need for studies of gerontechnologies that stage analytical dialogues between STS theory and understandings from other fields with longer traditions of studying processes of ageing, to further elucidate how gerontechnologies can matter to older adults and the experience of ageingnb_NO
dc.publisherFrontiers Medianb_NO
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.titleConfiguring Dementia: How Nursing Students are Taught to Mediate the Socio-political Role of Gerontechnologiesnb_NO
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dc.typePeer reviewednb_NO
dc.source.journalFrontiers in Sociologynb_NO
dc.description.localcodeCopyright © 2018 Bergschöld. This is an open­access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.nb_NO
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