A groundbreaking exploration of the sociology of dementia with contributions from distinguished international scholars and practitioners. Organised around the four themes of personhood, care, social representations and social differentiation, Ageing, Dementia and the Social Mind provides a critical look at how modern concepts and assumptions regarding dementia can benefit from sociology and other disciplines. This collection addresses the gaps in our sociological knowledge of dementia and provides a forum for the development of new themes and perspectives within the health social sciences. This important work breaks new ground in giving specific attention to the social and cultural dimensions
of responses to dementia.
A valuable and long overdue addition to the literature on medical sociology, Ageing, Dementia and the Social Mind will undoubtedly have broad international appeal to academics, researchers and higher–level students of gerontology, health, nursing and social work, as well as those employed within social and health care.
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1 Ageing, dementia and the social mind: past, present and future perspectives 1Paul Higgs and Chris Gilleard
2 Relational citizenship: supporting embodied selfhood and relationality in dementia care 7Pia Kontos, Karen–Lee Miller and Alexis P. Kontos
3 Shifting dementia discourses from deficit to active citizenship 24Linda Birt, Fiona Poland, Emese Csipke and Georgina Charlesworth
4 Narrative collisions, sociocultural pressures and dementia: the relational basis of personhood reconsidered 37Edward Tolhurst, Bernhard Weicht and Paul Kingston
5 Power, empowerment, and person–centred care: using ethnography to examine the everyday practice of unregistered dementia care staff 52Kezia Scales, Simon Bailey, Joanne Middleton and Justine Schneider
6 Institutionalising senile dementia in 19th–century Britain 69Emily Stella Andrews
7 Dichotomising dementia: is there another way? 83Patricia Mc Parland, Fiona Kelly and Anthea Innes
8 When walking becomes wandering: representing the fear of the fourth age 95Katherine Brittain, Cathrine Degnen, Grant Gibson, Claire Dickinson and Louise Robinson
9 Re–imagining dementia in the fourth age: the ironic fictions of Alice Munro 110Marlene Goldman
10 Social class, dementia and the fourth age 128Ian Rees Jones
11 Precarity in late life: rethinking dementia as a frailed old age 142Amanda Grenier, Liz Lloyd and Chris Phillipson