The meaning and value of social citizenship

Ruth Bartlett and Deborah O’Connor

in Broadening the dementia debate

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9781847421784
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301561 | DOI:
The meaning and value of social citizenship

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This chapter begins by discussing a traditional view of citizenship before discussing contemporary definitions and analysis of this concept. Next, it focuses on contemporary definitions most relevant to people with dementia — citizenship as practice, active and passive modes of citizenship, the importance of recognising difference, contradiction and fragmentation, and semi-citizenship. In addition the idea is compared and contrasted with personhood in order to demonstrate the elements that citizenship brings to the field. Having examined a range of debates about citizenship, and discussed it in relation to personhood, this chapter sets out the components of a social citizenship approach for dementia studies.

Keywords: social citizenship; dementia; semi-citizenship; personhood; contradiction; fragmentation

Chapter.  9165 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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