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

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>01/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Disability and Society
Issue number1
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)115-131
Early online date10/10/17
<mark>Original language</mark>English


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.

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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