Multi-species dementia studies: contours, contributions and controversies

Nicholas Jenkins*, Richard Gorman, Cristina Douglas, Vanessa Ashall, Louise Ritchie, Anna Jack-Waugh

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Developed via an online collaborative writing project involving members of the Multi-species Dementia International Research Network, this article seeks to refocus “the lens of the dementia debate” (Bartlett & O’Connor, 2007) by bringing dementia's complicated relations with the more-than-human world into sharper relief. Specifically, the article explores four thematic areas (contours) within contemporary dementia studies (Care & Caring; Illness Experience & Disease Pathology; Environment, Self & Sustainability; Power, Rights & Social Justice) where the application of multi-species theories and concepts has potential to foster innovation and lead to new ways of thinking and working. Whilst incorporating multi-species perspectives within dementia studies can create new ways of responding and new spaces of response-ability, the potential for conflict and controversy remains high. It is imperative, therefore, that the field of dementia studies not only becomes a site within which multi-species perspectives can flourish, but that dementia studies also becomes a vehicle through which multi-species concepts may be refined.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100975
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Aging Studies
Early online date11 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2021


  • dementia
  • multi-species
  • interspecies
  • more than human
  • animals
  • animal assistance


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