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Appears in Collections:Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Meaningful social interactions between older people in institutional care settings
Author(s): Hubbard, Gill
Tester, Susan
Downs, Murna
Keywords: older people
social interaction
institutional care settings
Older people Institutional care
Institutional care Great Britain
Social interaction
Issue Date: 2003
Date Deposited: 3-Mar-2008
Citation: Hubbard G, Tester S & Downs M (2003) Meaningful social interactions between older people in institutional care settings. Ageing and Society, 23, pp. 99-114.
Abstract: This paper is a contribution to the developing understanding of social relationships in institutional care settings. It focuses on two areas that have been neglected in research: the reasons for and types of social interaction in institutional settings, and the ways in which the context of people’s lives shapes social interaction. The paper draws on ethnographic observations conducted in four care settings in Scotland using a symbolic interactionist perspective. It finds that residents communicate and interact, and that the personal, cultural and structural contexts frame social interaction and influence the ways that residents use humour, express sexuality, and show hostility. The paper concludes that residents create social interactions in which action is embedded, but do so within specific structural and cultural contexts. These contexts ‘control’ resident action by establishing frameworks for the interpretation of meaning. At the same time, each facet of context is ‘controlled’ by the ways in which residents actively take on the ‘role’ of others, and project ‘self’ and a ‘label’.
DOI Link: 10.1017/S0144686X02008991
Rights: Published in Ageing and society copyright by Cambridge University Press.

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