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Title: "MINDING PRECARIOUS MINDS": THE ETHICS AND POLITICS OF DEMENTIA CARE WORK IN SINGAPORE
Authors: TAN JUNBIN
Keywords: Dementia, care ethics, biopower, technologies of the self
Issue Date: 17-Aug-2016
Citation: TAN JUNBIN (2016-08-17). "MINDING PRECARIOUS MINDS": THE ETHICS AND POLITICS OF DEMENTIA CARE WORK IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Through research undertaken at a dementia day-care centre (DDC) in Singapore, I examine the ways through which care workers “care” for older persons with dementia (OPWDs) whose behaviours they regard as problematic, and cognitive abilities as ‘precarious’, questionable and in decline. Following Foucault’s ‘biopower’, I theorise care practices as ‘technologies of the self for the other’ that involve one’s reflexive efforts to ‘know oneself’ in the process and for the purpose of caring for ‘the other’, and whose effects are mediated by biopolitical processes. First, I discuss care workers’ efforts to govern their bodily actions when caring for OPWDs. Next, I explicate how care work is shaped by contrasting discourses of ‘precarious minds’ that emphasise vulnerability and dependency, against person-cantered care that values autonomy and agency. Finally, I illustrate how ‘technologies of the self for the other’ are developed and constrained by demands and interests of families and the state.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/129121
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