Starting from the observation that recent immigration controls seem ‘hewn from the same rock’ as the welfare reforms, this article seeks to identify commonalities of approach, technique and effect across both fields. These can usefully be viewed through the concept of topology – a process of folding and filtering that challenges clear distinctions between inclusion and exclusion. Alongside a stratified system of rights based on conceptions of desert and apparent in both the welfare and migration/asylum systems, we find overlapping features that emerge from a harnessing of rights in the name of controls, and increasingly affect both citizens and non-citizens alike.
Informal care partners of individuals with dementia are often referred to as the ‘invisible patient’, whose needs are under-represented in research. The physical, mental and emotional responsibilities of caring for someone with dementia can be both rewarding and challenging. This qualitative study explored how attending a dementia cafe affected care partner well-being. The co-designed cafe adopted a person-centred approach, valuing members’ unique abilities and contributions. Results showed that the cafe provided a safe environment where individuals could be themselves. Participants found a sense of belonging, camaraderie and friendship that enhanced their sense of well-being and maintained their selfhood and dignity.