Dementia Studies

Dementia Studies
A Social Science Perspective

© 2009 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"This is an important and innovative text examining social science perspectives relating to dementia. Innes provides a comprehensive guide to the research literature, drawing on critical perspectives within Sociology and Social Gerontology. The book makes a significant contribution to re-thinking practice and policies for people with dementia." - Chris Phillipson, Keele University

What is dementia? How should we organize dementia care? This comprehensive book critically examines the main approaches to understanding dementia—bio-medical, social-psychological, and socio-gerontological—and the main principles and ideologies of care.

Key Features

  • Provides clarity on the gap between the utopian aspirations of care and the reality of care
  • Opens up a series of questions about knowledge and treatment of dementia
  • Argues for a transition from positions that place emphasis upon the individual or particular care services to the social, cultural, and economic context

Lively, informative and challenging, the book will be of interest to students of nursing, sociology of health & illness, social work and social gerontology.

1 - What is dementia? : unpicking what is 'known'
2 - The context of dementia studies - political, economic and social issues
3 - Caring for people with dementia: utopian ideals?
4 - Dementia studies within cultural contexts
5 - Researching dementia and dementia care: implications of the generation of research knowledge for policy, practice and approaches to research
6 - A model for dementia studies: knowledge generation and development

Not a good behavioral resource

Professor Alyssa Wilson
School of Social Work, St Louis University
July 12, 2013

An essential book for understanding the concept of dementia and its associated perceptions.

Mrs Rachel Harrison
Interprofessional Studies, Winchester University
October 9, 2012

I found this text difficult to follow and have doubts about its untility to students of mental health nursing.

Dr Stanley Mutsatsa
Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
September 14, 2012

Lots of colleagues have borrowed on my recommendation - very useful research

Mrs Laureen Hemming
Dept of Nursing & Midwifery, Hertfordshire University
August 10, 2012

This text covers a number of the key areas of our Dementia Care Qualification. Having read this it also fits our Level 5 and 6 qualifications. I have found the chapter on the political and economic interesting and very applicable to aspects of units. Consequently, it will be recommended for this purpose, other texts have approached this in a very complicated manner.

Mr Derek Allford
Learning Centre, Business To Business (B2B)
March 9, 2012

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