Technologies and Intimacy in Danish Nursing Homes

Holger Højlund, Anders la Cour

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This article discusses the use of technologies in care. The context is nursing homes, and how the residents face the most sophisticated machinery relieving them from needs and also relieving the professionals from burdens related to care. This article will show how various forms of new technologies that are being implemented in modern nursing homes in Denmark, gives different voices to the people suffering from dementia.
Thereby the technology plays a significant role in the attempts to make it
possible for the dement to regain a kind of personhood. Observed in this way personhood is not something you either have or don’t have, it is something you achieve, and is, developed and maintained. In this case through the interaction between technologies and human element.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSociologia e Politiche Sociali
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)73-94
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Intimacy
  • Technologies in care
  • Personhood
  • System theory
  • Social exclusion

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