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Posted: November 26, 2021

No substitute for human touch? Towards a critically posthumanist approach to dementia care by Nick Jenkins

Nick Jenkins

This paper develops a sociological critique of the pre-eminence of humanism in dementia care policy and practice. Throughout the centuries, humanism has served as something of a double-edged sword in relation to the care and treatment of people living with progressive neurocognitive conditions. On the one hand, humanism has provided an intellectual vehicle for recognising… Read more »

Posted: November 26, 2021

Queering Dementia by Margrit Shildrick

n dementia care, it is rarely questioned that the condition signals a breakdown in normative communicative competence that diminishes and finally renders the subjectivity of the sufferer beyond reach. More radical approaches may explore beyond verbal capacity to elicit a recognisable interaction through the use of music, touch, and movement, but could queering dementia offer… Read more »

Posted: November 22, 2021

The Neuropsychiatric Biopolitics of Dementia and its Ethnicity Problem

Maria Zubair

Abstract Sociological analyses of dementia have long drawn on critiques of medicalisation and the medical model. This approach fails to account for late 20th/early 21st century expansion of neuropsychiatric biopolitics, wherein a more subtle and pervasive (self-)governance of health, illness, and life itself is at stake. Since the 1970s, new neuropsychiatric imaginings of dementia have… Read more »

Posted: November 22, 2021

Positioning ethnicity in dementia awareness research: does the use of senility risk ascribing racialised knowledge deficits to minority groups?

Abstract Over recent decades, the importance of increasing dementia awareness has been promoted by charities, researchers and governments. In response, a large body of research has emerged that evaluates the awareness of different populations. One such population are minority ethnic communities. Associated studies typically conclude that minority ethnic groups have a poor awareness of dementia… Read more »

Posted: August 24, 2021

Transing dementia – Rethinking compulsory biographical continuity

Using theoretical tools from trans studies and disability/crip studies, Marjorie Silverman and Alexandre Baril reconceptualise the self in the context of dementia. The article, published in Journal of Aging Studies, illustrates that most dementia discourse, scholarship and intervention emphasises a maintenance of the pre-dementia self.

Posted: May 2, 2021

Human Rights and the Confinement of People Living with Dementia in Care Homes

Linda Steele

Linda Steele, Ray Carr, Kate Swaffer, Lyn Phillipson, and Richard Fleming authored ‘Human Rights and the Confinement of People Living with Dementia in Care Homes’ in the Health and Human Rights Journal volume 22(1), June 2020.  

Posted: May 2, 2021

COVID-19 and Sites of Confinement

Linda Steele

Sara Dehm, Claire Loughnan and Linda Steele authored the article ‘COVID-19 and Sites of Confinement: Public Health, Disposable Lives and Legal Accountability in Immigration Detention and Aged Care’ in the UNSW Law Journal volume 44(1) in April 2021.

Posted: April 28, 2021

“I was the Woman, he was the Man”: dementia, recognition, recognisability and gendered subjectivity

Linn Sandberg

Subjectivity is a widely explored topic in dementia studies, in both the humanities and the social sciences. Persistent discourses of “a loss of self” in dementia have been challenged by scholars, who argue for the need for continued recognition of the person with dementia and that subjectivity in dementia may be sustained. So far, however,… Read more »

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