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Living Before Dying

Imagining and Remembering Home

Janette Davies

208 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-614-0 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (August 2017)

eISBN 978-1-78533-615-7 eBook Not Yet Published

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“Dr. Davies’ book demonstrates the need for simple change - change that requires more effort than money - and in this and many other respects it makes a strong contribution to the caregiving literature.” · Patricia O’Neill, University of Oxford China Centre.

This in-depth description of life in a nursing/care home for 70 residents and 40 staff highlights the daily care of frail or ill residents between 80 and 100 years of age, including people suffering with dementia. How residents interact with care assistants is emphasised, as are the different behaviours of men and women observed during a year of daily conversations between the author, patients and staff, who share their stories of the pressures of the work. Living Before Dying shows a world where, in extreme old age, people have to learn how to cope with living communally.

Janette Davies is a social and medical anthropologist at the International Gender Studies Centre, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. Formerly a nurse/midwife she worked in international development in Bolivia, on the Thai/Cambodian border and Bangladesh. She has since conducted anthropological fieldwork in the UK, Zambia, Tanzania and Georgia.

Series: Volume 41, New Directions in Anthropology
Subject: General Anthropology Medical Anthropology Gender Studies

BISAC: SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural; SOC013000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Gerontology; SOC036000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Death & Dying

BIC: JFSP31 Age groups: the elderly; MQCL4 Geriatric nursing




Chapter 1. The Social and Behavioural Implications of People with Dementia
Chapter 2. Caring in Action - Women in the Workplace
Chapter 3. Social Organization within the Nursing Home
Chapter 4. Managing Activities for the Residents
Chapter 5. Ordering Disorder


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