Living with Brain Injury: Narrative, Community, and Women’s by J. Eric Stewart

By J. Eric Stewart

Whilst Nancy used to be in her past due twenties, she begun having blinding complications, tunnel imaginative and prescient, and dizziness, which ended in the invention of an abnormality on her mind stem. issues in the course of surgical procedure brought on critical mind harm, leading to partial paralysis of the left facet of her physique and reminiscence and cognitive difficulties. even if she was once continually evaluated by way of her medical professionals, Nancy’s personal questions and her misery acquired little awareness within the health facility. Later, regardless of first-class task functionality post-injury, her actual impairments have been considered as a humiliation to the “perfect” and “beautiful” company snapshot of her employer.

Many conversations approximately mind harm are deficit-focused: people with disabilities tend to be spoken approximately through others, as being an issue approximately which whatever needs to be performed. In residing with mind harm, J. Eric Stewart takes a brand new procedure, supplying narratives which spotlight people with mind damage as brokers of restoration and alter of their personal lives.

Stewart attracts on in-depth interviews with ten ladies with received mind accidents to provide an evocative, multi-voiced account of the women’s suggestions for resisting marginalization and in their strategy of making feel of recent relationships to self, to friends and family, to paintings, and to group. Bridging psychology, incapacity reports, and clinical sociology, residing with mind damage showcases how—and on what terms—the ladies come to re-author identification, group, and that means post-injury.

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Dr. Larsen. Dr. Larsen is a physiatrist, or doctor of rehabilitation medicine, at a large, highly respected rehabilitation hospital affiliated with a university medical center in a large midwestern city (Rehab Center). As a physiatrist, she generally has a closer and longer-lasting relationship to patients than might other rehabilitation professionals. She has been seeing some of her patients for many years after their release from inpatient treatment, making referrals to other medical or mental health services as well as to community-based services and organizations.

The goal is an evocative, empathetic, multivoiced presentation in which the construction of meanings remains open and unfinalized, and the reader will not just know the facts but can also keep in mind the complexities of culture, society, and concrete moments 22 << Introduction of lived experience (Ezzy, 2002; Frank, 2004; Richardson & St. Pierre, 2005). The third aim—one that should be accomplished in effectively documenting how identity, meaning, and social reality are constructed, sustained, and altered, and not once and for all or all at once—is to link these political and aesthetic accomplishments of meaning to social action, and to the development of resources and perspectives for personal and social change.

That is, critical analysis could happen in the context of interviews, not just in the after-the-fact transcript analysis and write-up. Being able to be reciprocally critical throughout mattered because it facilitated many shifts in epistemology and theoretical direction over the research process. It mattered too because at the time critical disciplines were ambivalent about the use and value of voice and experience. For instance, within disability studies there were controversies about the naïve deployment of first person accounts and life history work, about singularizing or sentimentalizing disability, and about reinscribing disabling ideologies and subjectifications.

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