By Ruth Bartlett
Dementia has been commonly explored from the views of biomedicine and social psychology. This publication broadens the talk to think about the reports of guys and ladies with dementia from a socio-political standpoint. It brings to the fore the idea that of social citizenship, exploring what it potential in the context of dementia and utilizing it to reassess the difficulty of rights, status(es), and participation. most significantly, the ebook bargains clean and sensible insights into how a citizenship framework will be utilized in perform. will probably be of prepared curiosity to wellbeing and fitness and social care execs, coverage makers, lecturers, and researchers, and folks with dementia and relatives carers will locate it revitalizing.
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The point of contrasting citizenship with personhood in this way is not to polarise debate within the field of dementia studies, or to imply that citizenship is somehow a superior concept to personhood.
As Fox (1995) notes, a personhood lens does not have the language for exploring the possibility that ‘caring’ might sometimes have more to do with power and control than with values of trust and giving, nor is this lens really able to describe relationships in the context of wider social divisions. Baldwin and Capstick (2007) note that by treating dementia care organisations as though they are effectively ‘hermeneutically sealed institutions separate from the rest of the social world and its economic agendas and priorities’, the potential for change within the organisational level may be significantly overestimated (p 273).
28 THREE The meaning and value of social citizenship Introduction In the previous chapter the argument was made for a more contextualised, sociopolitical understanding of dementia. The concept of citizenship is proving increasingly popular among people with early dementia, service providers, professional care workers, voluntary organisations and academics alike, and is often used alongside personhood to promote the rights of people with dementia. However, it is generally used uncritically and with little explanation or clarification as to what it actually means in relation to people with dementia, especially individuals with very severe dementia.