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Discourses of dementia: A call for an ethnographic, action research approach to care in linguistically and culturally diverse environments
Professor, Department of Communicative Disorders, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4405-5340
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.
2009 (English)In: Seminars in Speech and Language, ISSN 0734-0478, E-ISSN 1098-9056, Vol. 30, no 3, 198-206 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The methods of ethnography and action research have much to offer to the field of speech-language pathology, particularly as our clinical populations are becoming increasingly diverse. We suggest that practicing speech-language pathologists and students, as well as researchers, will benefit from strategies that use the methods of participatory action research and ethnography as guiding principles to their work. Ethnography seeks to discover meaningful structures in a culture from the perspective of those whose culture it is. Action research, which shares a methodological basis with ethnography, is undertaken with the aim of improving the functioning of the social institution, practice, or structure investigated for the benefit of those most closely involved with that institution or practice. By way of illustration, we use data collected during fieldwork in Louisiana, involving persons with dementia from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds.

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2009. Vol. 30, no 3, 198-206 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-128683DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1225956PubMedID: 19711237OAI: diva2:931500
Available from: 2016-05-28 Created: 2016-05-28 Last updated: 2016-06-13

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