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Dementia as Zeitgeist: Social problem construction and the role of a contemporary distraction.

Parker, J., Cutler, C. and Heaslip, V., 2020. Dementia as Zeitgeist: Social problem construction and the role of a contemporary distraction. Sociological Research Online: an electronic journal. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1177/1360780420929033

Abstract

The global impact of dementia on social, political, economic and health systems is of contemporary concern. As the world’s population ages, differentially, across countries in the Global North and Global South, dementia research and care has become embedded in primary mandates for action within the agendas of governments and health research and service organisations. Using notions of social problem construction and sociologies of legitimacy this paper seeks to explore dementia as Zeitgeist that has captured imaginations but as such is contingent and therefore precarious building an edifice that may be limited and may occlude dangers for people living with dementia. This paper argues for an applied sociological approach that recognises precarity and seeks to embed a sustainable praxis-focused axiology at macro, meso and micro levels in respect of approaches to dementia.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1360-7804
Uncontrolled Keywords:dementia ; social problem construction ; applied sociology
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:33953
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:01 May 2020 16:15
Last Modified:08 Jul 2020 15:21

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