This PhD-study will explore how residents, next of kin and staff in specialised dementia units understand and realise citizenship in everyday life in nursing homes, and how instrumental structures affect this realisation.
Citizenship entails that people are given opportunity to enact rights and duties, uphold personal integrity, freedom of choice and participation. The study focus on micro-citizenship, understood as enabling participation in nursing homes, and involving persons with dementia in everyday activities perceived as personally meaningful. Micro-citizenship are realised through interactions, and affected by nursing home politics, procedures and staff attitudes and competence.
The main goals is to increase knowledge of:
- How citizenship is realised through everyday activities
- How institutional frames and structures of power affect realisation of citizenship
The overarching purpose of the study is contributing to making citizenship concrete for practice. Through an ethnographic field study we seek to describe how micro-citizenship are realised though everyday activities, and how this is experienced by the actors. Primary methods of data collection are participant observation and interviews with residents, next of kin and staff. To explore main goal 1 we apply ethnographic field methods to understand the phenomenon or essence of citizenship though everyday life in nursing homes. At the same time, everyday activities are affected by institutional powers that can be hard to identify in daily life. To answer main goal 2 we apply methods inspired by Institutional Ethnography, seeking understanding of the empirical connections and exploring how institutional structures and structures of power affect citizenship practice.
Master of Health Sciences, University of Stavanger