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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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Thinking and talking differently

Thinking and talking differently

(p.50) (p.51) Four Thinking and talking differently
Broadening the dementia debate

Ruth Bartlett

Deborah O’Connor

Policy Press

This chapter demonstrates how examining the situation of people with dementia from a socio-political perspective rooted in social theories of lifecourse, disability, and citizenship can change the way people think about those with dementia. It examines the ideas of post-structuralism to determine the power of language for constructing how people think and act. It identifies some of the problematic and limiting ways that language is implicitly used to understand dementia experiences. It emphasizes the need to investigate how people use language to tease out the underlying assumptions, values, and beliefs that guide people in understanding and interacting with those who have dementia. It also discusses alternative ways for reframing and using language differently, to draw on ideas more consistent with a critical social citizenship approach.

Keywords:   dementia, socio-political perspective, social theories, citizenship, lifecourse, disability, language, social citizenship

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