Critical Dementia Studies: An Introduction

Event Date March 28, 2023

We are very happy to announce the release of Critical Dementia Studies: An Introduction, the first book in the Routledge series Dementia in Critical Dialogue.

Please join us for the online launch on March 28th  at 5pm CET (4pm GMT, 11am EST) 

To obtain the Zoom link please register at:

During the event the editors Richard Ward and Linn J Sandberg will introduce the book. We are delighted to have received funding from Riksbankens jubileumsfond to make this first book available as open access and we will share the link in the hope that you will consider sharing it with your networks and students. 

Book cover for Critical Dementia Studies: An IntroductionThe book itself is the first in a series ‘Dementia in Critical Dialogue’ and we will outline our plans for the series alongside our fellow co-commissioning editors: Andrea Capstick and James Fletcher. We are delighted to announce that a second book in the series is already at the copy editing stage. The book, which explores critical histories of dementia, has been co-edited by James and Andrea who will offer an introduction and outline to give you some idea of what to look forward to. Routledge have also accepted a proposal for a third book which will be authored by James Fletcher, and he will say a few words on his plans for this.

In addition, we have begun discussions on possible future editions for the series and will be sharing our thoughts on these and inviting contributions from Network members. We will also be inviting submission of proposals for possible future texts in the series.

We are currently in planning stages for a live online panel session on critical and creative approaches to dementia and for a workshop on critical methodologies for dementia and ageing both in the coming year. We hope to say a little more on these events at the book launch and we look forward to seeing you there.

🍾 Please bring a drink of your choice to your computer for a toast to mark the occasion!

About the book: 

Critical Dementia Studies: An Introduction puts the critical into dementia studies. It makes a timely and novel contribution to the field, offering a thought-provoking critique of current thinking and debate on dementia. Collectively the contributions gathered together in this text make a powerful case for a more politically engaged, deconstructive and critical treatment of dementia and the systems and structures that currently govern and frame it.

The book is interdisciplinary and draws together leading dementia scholars alongside dementia activists from around the world.  The book will be of direct interest to researchers and scholars in the field of dementia studies and wider fields of health, disability and care. It will provide a novel resource for students and practitioners in the fields of dementia, health care and social care. The book also has implications for dementia policymaking, commissioning and community development.