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Broadening the dementia debateTowards social citizenship$
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Ruth Bartlett

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421784

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421784.001.0001

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The meaning and value of social citizenship

The meaning and value of social citizenship

(p.29) Three The meaning and value of social citizenship
Broadening the dementia debate

Ruth Bartlett

Deborah O’Connor

Policy Press

This chapter begins by discussing a traditional view of citizenship before discussing contemporary definitions and analysis of this concept. Next, it focuses on contemporary definitions most relevant to people with dementia — citizenship as practice, active and passive modes of citizenship, the importance of recognising difference, contradiction and fragmentation, and semi-citizenship. In addition the idea is compared and contrasted with personhood in order to demonstrate the elements that citizenship brings to the field. Having examined a range of debates about citizenship, and discussed it in relation to personhood, this chapter sets out the components of a social citizenship approach for dementia studies.

Keywords:   social citizenship, dementia, semi-citizenship, personhood, contradiction, fragmentation

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