The Social Construction of Dementia: Confused Professionals?

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Macmillan, Jan 1, 1997 - Medical - 174 pages
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In this study the social construction of dementia is examined closely for the first time. Nancy Harding and Colin Palfrey show how Western society sees dementia as a disease, rather than a natural part of the ageing process. They take issue with the constructed view of the body as a machine, whose parts 'break down' and need replacement. Furthermore, the authors argue, the various explanations of the causes of dementia are nothing but speculation dressed up as theories, which serve only to confuse the carers.Based on an intensive three-year-long evaluation of a community care service for older people with dementia, `The Social Construction of Dementia' looks at the experience of users and providers alike, and provides a refreshing new viewpoint on the `disease' of dementia.
  

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Contents

What is Dementia? The Medical Model
33
Psychological and Linguistic Models
58
The Scientific Construction of the Disease of Dementia
77
Medical Diagnosis and the Construction of Dementia
103
The Sociology
126
The Social Construction of Dementia
142
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Nancy Harding is a Lecturer at Nuffield Institute for Health, Leeds University. Colin Palfrey is Education Consultant at the Institute of Health Care Studies, University of Wales, Swansea.

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