The sociology of dementia has been a relatively neglected topic in studies of health and illness despite dementia becoming of increasing significance to most ‘ageing societies’.
Paul Higgs and Chris Gilleard
Paul Higgs is Professor of the Sociology of Ageing in the Faculty of Brain Sciences at UCL. He co-authored with Chris Gilleard Rethinking Old Age: Theorizing the Fourth Age (2015) and Personhood, Identity and Care in Advanced Old Age (2016). He is editor of Social Theory and Health and has published extensively in both social gerontology and medical sociology. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Gerontological Society of America. Chris Gilleard is a visiting research fellow in the Division of Psychiatry at University College London. He has co-authored with Paul Higgs Cultures of Ageing (2000) Contexts of Ageing (2005) and Ageing, Corporeality and Embodiment (2013) and has published widely on social and historical aspects of ageing and old age. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.