Expanding current understandings of epistemic injustice and dementia: Learning from stigma theory

Jessica A. Young, Christopher Lind, J. B. Orange, Marie Y. Savundranayagam

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Abstract

The current paper addresses the nature of epistemic injustice as it may be experienced by persons with dementia. We describe how theoretical models of stigma align with the current model of epistemic injustice through a consideration of the concepts of ‘stereotype’ ‘prejudice’ and ‘discrimination’ shared by the two models. We draw on current understandings of dementia-related stigma to expand understandings of the epistemic injustice faced by persons with dementia. We discuss how these insights may inform the development of mechanisms to uphold the basic human right to speak, to be heard, and to be believed for persons with dementia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-84
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Aging Studies
Volume48
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • Dementia
  • Discrimination
  • Epistemic injustice
  • Prejudice
  • Stereotype
  • Stigma

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