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In this article, I examine building-user interactions on three dementia wards in the Netherlands. I coin the concept of "sociomaterial awareness" to articulate a collective situational sensitivity to the ways in which the built environment invites its users (professionals, but also people with dementia themselves) to act in specific ways, as well as to possibilities to adjust (elements of) the building. I argue that along with different enactments of dementia, different positions become available for residents when the built environment is acknowledged as actively shaping care interactions.
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: Medical anthropology
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The interactions between representatives of institutional departments.
The portion of an interactive computer program that issues messages to and receives commands from a user.
Using computer technology to create and maintain an environment and project a user's physical presence in that environment allowing the user to interact with it.
The interactions between members of a community and representatives of the institutions within that community.
The caring for individuals in institutions and their adaptation to routines characteristic of the institutional environment, and/or their loss of adaptation to life outside the institution.
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