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By Ruth Bartlett

Dementia has been extensively explored from the views of biomedicine and social psychology. This e-book broadens the talk to think about the studies of guys and ladies with dementia from a socio-political point of view. It brings to the fore the idea that of social citizenship, exploring what it ability in the context of dementia and utilizing it to think again the problem of rights, status(es), and participation. most significantly, the publication bargains clean and sensible insights into how a citizenship framework should be utilized in perform. will probably be of prepared curiosity to overall healthiness and social care pros, coverage makers, teachers, and researchers, and folks with dementia and kin carers will locate it revitalizing.

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At that time citizenship became defined as a ‘status bestowed on those who are full members of a community. 30 The meaning and value of social citizenship All who possess the status are equal with respect to the rights and duties which the status bestows’ (Marshall, 1949/92, p 18). With this view, citizenship involves three strands: civil, political and social rights and responsibilities. Briefly, the civil strand entails ‘liberty of the person’ and ‘right to own property’; the political denotes the right to participate in democratic processes; and the social recognises the ‘right to live the life of a civilised being’ (Marshall and Hunter, 1992, quoted in Heater, 1999, p 13).

Countering the pessimism and hopelessness historically attached to working with ‘the demented’, the new vision offers exciting possibilities for positively influencing the dementia experience; neurological factors might not be readily modified but there is growing evidence that psychosocial interventions, environmental changes and assistive technologies can mitigate the extent of the disability and improve quality of life (see, for example, Kelly, 1993; Fratiglioni et al, 2000; Marshall, 2001; Bates et al, 2004; Fossey et al, 2006).

Other aspects such as the use of physical space and engagement in activities also provide interactional opportunities which can either foster or erode a person’s sense of personal competence and uniqueness, and hence personhood; and • sociocultural context recognises the different levels of contextual embedding that shape dementia experiences. These include, for example: organisational or systemic policies and practices, social location (which reflects a person’s position within sociocultural groupings and includes, but is not limited to ethnic positioning, gender, socioeconomic positioning) and broader societal discourses such as those that help shape our understanding of the importance of autonomy, independence and cognitive functioning.

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