This project is an integrated part of my traineeship at the Danish NGO “Dane Age”. At Dane Age I have been working with “The nation-wide movement for a dementia friendly Denmark” (translated from Folkebevægelsen for et demensvenligt Danmark (FFDD)). This project investigates how the involvement of people with dementia in dementia oriented initiatives contributes to create justice for people with dementia. Furthermore it investigates how “The nation-wide movement for a dementia friendly Denmark” is able to put this justice into practice.
The issue of dementia has in recent years gained political momentum, and is currently on the worldwide political agenda. Several different actors are involved, and debates are focusing upon the so-called dementia friendly society. Even though there has been a recently positive cultural change in the field of dementia, the work is still often conducted without involvement of those who are affected – the people living with dementia.
In this project I investigate the lack of involvement of people with dementia from Nancy Fraser’s theory of justice. From this theoretical point of view justice is composed of three dimensions; redistribution, recognition and representation. The last couple of years the Danish field of dementia have been exposed to a great economic redistribution. However, people with dementia are still being stigmatized, as society perceive them as being socially dead and misrecognize them as active citizens. People with dementia are overlooked when it comes to questions about how to create a dementia friendly society. In this view the dimensions of recognition and representation are particularly relevant.
I argue that the dimensions of recognition and representation are closely related in the field of dementia, because the lack of representation is linked with the lack of recognition and opposite. Lately we have been witnessing an increase in initiatives which seems to enhance the recognition and representations of people with dementia, and thus contributes to the level of justice for people with dementia. Nonetheless, this practice is still far from being an inherent part of practice.
Dane Age and a couple of other organizations established FFDD, as a part of the development in the field of dementia in Denmark. The movement possesses the potential for contributing to recognition as well as representation of people with dementia. Finally, this project outlines some potentials and guidelines to how FFDD can help facilitate the justice of people living with dementia.
|Uddannelser||Socialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||18 dec. 2017|
|Vejledere||Hanne Marlene Dahl|
- lighed i deltagelse
- Nancy Fraser
- Ældre Sagen