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Duties to Care

Duties to Care
Dementia, Relationality and Law

Part of Cambridge Studies in Law and Society

  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107483491


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  • The world of dementia care can be a difficult one for carers to navigate, posing new challenges at every stage from diagnosis to end of life. In her ground-breaking investigation, rooted in original empirical data, Rosie Harding explores the regulatory and legal dimensions of caring for a person with dementia. By exploring carers' experiences of dementia care, she critiques the limitations of current approaches to health and social care regulation. This socio-legal work is a new contribution to the study of feminist care ethics, relationality, and vulnerability theory. Duties to Care argues that by understanding the relational contexts that shape everyday experiences of regulatory structures, we will better understand where law is operating to support carers, and where it adds to the difficulties they experience. Ultimately, the challenges that dementia poses will be addressed only if we find solutions that take account of the relationality of life, dementia, and law.

    • Contributes to feminist theoretical approaches, going beyond existing scholarship
    • Draws on new empirical data on a wide range of health and social care issues
    • Appeals to professionals, academics, and those caring for people with dementia
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book is an important reminder of the need to blend theoretical and grounded methodologies in evaluating and developing legal responses to impaired capacity. The powerful personal narratives underpin an elegantly constructed argument in favour of a relational approach while at the same time recognising the unavoidable complexities in delivering this.' Mary Donnelly, Cork University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107483491
    • length: 281 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introducing Duties to Care
    2. Vulnerability, relationality and the challenge of dementia for law
    3. Carers in law and society
    4. Planning for the future in the early stages of dementia
    5. Navigating life with dementia
    6. Complaints and complaining about health and social care
    7. Death and dying with and of dementia
    8. Carers' emotional, social and material investments
    9. Conclusions: relational duties to care.

  • Author

    Rosie Harding, University of Birmingham
    Rosie Harding is Chair in Law and Society at the University of Birmingham, a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow, and Chair of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA). Her research focuses on the everyday regulation and legal recognition of intimate and caring relationships. Her first monograph, Regulating Sexuality (2011), won the 2011 SLSA-Hart Book Prize and SLSA-Hart Early Career Prize. She is editor of Law and Sexuality (2016), and co-editor of Ageing and Sexualities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2016) and Revaluing Care in Theory, Law and Politics: Cycles and Connections (2017).

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