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Queering "Successful Ageing, Dementia and Alzheimers Research
University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2016 (English)In: Body & Society, ISSN 1357-034X, E-ISSN 1460-3632, Vol. 22, no 3, 77-102 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Contributing to both ageing research and queer-feminist scholarship, this article introduces feminist philosopher Margrit Shildricks queer notion of the monstrous to the subject of ageing and the issue of dealing with frailty within ageing research. The monstrous, as a norm-critical notion, takes as its point of departure that we are always already monstrous, meaning that the western ideal of well-ordered, independent, unleaky, rational embodied subjects is impossible to achieve. From this starting point the normalizing and optimizing strategies of ageing research - here exemplified through the concept of successful ageing and the treatment of Alzheimers disease - can be problematized. The notion of the monstrous instead suggests a view on ageing and monstrous embodiment which provides room for other, different ways of being recognized as an embodied subject, and for dealing with difference, vulnerability and frailty.

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SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD , 2016. Vol. 22, no 3, 77-102 p.
Keyword [en]
ageing; dementia; difference; embodiment; ethics; feminist theory; monstrous
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Cultural Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-131667DOI: 10.1177/1357034X16649243ISI: 000382677600004OAI: diva2:1014936

Funding Agencies|European Neuroscience and Society Network - European Science Foundation (ESF)

Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2016-10-03

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