Challenging representations of dementia in contemporary western fiction

Capstick, A, Chatwin, JR ORCID: and Ludwin, K 2015, 'Challenging representations of dementia in contemporary western fiction' , in: Popularising Dementia : Public Expressions and Representations of Forgetfulness , [transcript] Independent Academic Publishing, London, pp. 229-253.

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Fiction film is one of the most influential vehicles for the popularization of dementia. It is likely to have a particular influence on the way dementia is constructed by society at large, not least due to its consumption in the guise of entertainment. In this paper, we will argue that such popularization is rarely innocent or unproblematic. Representations of people with dementia in film tend to draw heavily on familiar tropes such as global memory loss, violence and aggression, extreme dependency on heroic carers, catastrophic prognosis, and early death. Audiences may therefore uncritically absorb discourses which reinforce negative stereotypes and perpetuate the biomedical orthodoxy that everything a person with dementia says or does is ‘a symptom of the disease.’

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Swinnen, A and Schweda, M
Additional Information: Published online by De Gruyter
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Publisher: [transcript] Independent Academic Publishing
ISBN: 9783837627107
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Depositing User: JR Chatwin
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2018 12:03
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:11

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