Taiwanese stories of dementia

Ramsay, Guy (2017) Taiwanese stories of dementia. Modern China, 43 2: 217-243. doi:10.1177/0097700416664486

Author Ramsay, Guy
Title Taiwanese stories of dementia
Journal name Modern China   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1552-6836
Publication date 2017-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0097700416664486
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 43
Issue 2
Start page 217
End page 243
Total pages 27
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract This article explores how Taiwanese people construct and recount their experiences of dementia in factual and fictional stories. It compares the narrative meanings in Taiwanese stories with those of analogous mainland Chinese and Hong Kong accounts. The article finds that the Taiwanese stories differ from their mainland Chinese and Hong Kong counterparts in three ways. First, the onset of dementia is largely an unforeseen calamity for the Taiwanese storytellers, while it is an anticipatable life circumstance for the mainland Chinese and Hong Kong storytellers. Second, the Taiwanese storytellers tend to locate the cause for the deterioration of their elderly family member in illness, while the mainland Chinese and Hong Kong storytellers tend to explain away the deterioration of their elderly family member as normative aging. Third, the Taiwanese storytellers maintain their existing identities when faced with the newfound challenge of family caregiving in dementia, while the mainland Chinese and Hong Kong storytellers commonly appropriate the former culturally embodied identity of the family member whom they now care for.
Keyword Biomedicalization
Illness narrative
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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