Dementia Disability Rights and Disablism:understanding the social position of people living with dementia

Thomas, Carol Jane and Milligan, Christine (2018) Dementia Disability Rights and Disablism:understanding the social position of people living with dementia. Disability and Society, 33 (1). pp. 115-131. ISSN 0968-7599

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Abstract

This article considers the recent history and consequences of positioning people living with dementia in the realms of disability, disablism and disability rights. The geo-political focus is the United Kingdom and neighbouring resource-rich nations in the Global North. The first section examines the growing trend of identifying ‘dementia’ with ‘disability’, a trend fuelled by the expansion of dementia-related activism and research. The second section focuses on how researchers who have published in Disability & Society and other journals have applied the social model of disability to individuals living with dementia. The third section discusses three conceptual challenges that lie ahead for those who choose to research and theorise the dementia/disability connection. These challenges concern: theorising dementia as disability; understanding intersectionality in dementia contexts; and understanding ‘abuse’ in dementia contexts.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Disability and Society
Additional Information:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Disability and Society on 10/10/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09687599.2017.1379952
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Deposited On:
18 Sep 2017 08:56
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Published
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