Care practice as aesthetic co-creation

A somaesthetic perspective on care work


  • Britta Møller Aalborg University


Drawing on Dewey’s theory of aesthetic (1934) and Shusterman’s notion of somaesthetic (1999, 2006), this paper analyzes care practices as aesthetic co-creations; inquiries of impressions and expressions through which actors and practices are co-created. A care situation from elderly care serves to analyze the body as locus of sensory aesthetic appreciation and hence, as a potential process of somaesthetic experience and learning. Discussions are made of how to learn to appreciate dimensions of somaesthetic, and of the importance of somaesthetic for the subtle forms of power in care situations.