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'Essentially it's just a lot of bedrooms'
 — architectural design, prescribed personalisation and the construction of care homes for later life
Author(s)Sarah Nettleton, Christina Buse, Daryl Martin
Journal titleSociology of Health and Illness, vol 40, no 7, 2018
PublisherWiley-Blackwell, 2018
Pagespp 1156-1171
Full text*https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9566.12747
AnnotationThis article draws on ethnographic data from a UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded study called `Buildings in the Making'. The project aims to open up the black box of architectural work to explore what happens between the commissioning of architectural projects through to the construction of buildings; it seeks to understand how ideas about care for later life are operationalised into designs. The authors draw on recent scholarship on 'materialities of care' and 'practising architectures', which emphasise the salience of material objects for understanding the politics and practices of care; here, the focus is on 'beds'. References to 'beds' were ubiquitous throughout the data, and the authors analyse varied uses and imaginaries as a 'way in' to understanding the embedded nature of architectural work. Four themes emerged: commissioning architectures and the commodification of beds; adjusting architectures and socio-spatial inequalities of beds; prescribing architectures and person-centred care beds; and phenomenological architectures and inhabiting beds. The authors offer the concept 'prescribed personalisation', to capture how practising architectures come to reconcile the multiple tensions of commodification and the codification of person-centred care, in ways that might mitigate phenomenological and serendipitous qualities of life and living in care settings during later life. (OFFPRINT.) (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-180918001 A
ClassmarkKW:YB3: 3E: 3DP: 3FA *
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