Remaking the Body: Rehabilitation and Change

Remaking the Body: Rehabilitation and Change

by Wendy Seymour
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415186013

ISBN-13: 9780415186018

Pub. Date: 08/14/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In Remaking the Body, Wendy Seymour interviews men and women who have suffered profound bodily paralysis, and explores how they deal with their appearance, relationships, sexuality, incontinence and sport. She finds that even major impairment hasn't annihilated these people's experience of an embodied self. She shows that the process of self-reconstruction

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In Remaking the Body, Wendy Seymour interviews men and women who have suffered profound bodily paralysis, and explores how they deal with their appearance, relationships, sexuality, incontinence and sport. She finds that even major impairment hasn't annihilated these people's experience of an embodied self. She shows that the process of self-reconstruction is interwoven with social expectations and argues that the experience of disability highlights the continuous work involved in embodiment for everyone.
Remaking the Body is a major contribution to the field of the sociology of the body and essential reading for rehabilitation professionals and students.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415186018
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/14/1998
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1240L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1The body1
The body in sociology3
The research project14
Key themes of the research17
Methodology22
2Appearance and body image31
The body project: structural forces and human embodiment31
Disability and bodily expression36
3Social routines and relationships51
Social interactions and relationships54
Parenting67
Emotional and practical support75
Dependence79
Friendships84
Relationships in settings of professional care86
4Sport and the body92
Physical connections97
Previous involvement in sport99
The rehabilitation program107
Involvement in sport beyond the unit114
Advantages and disadvantages of the physical model119
5Intimate activities: sexuality128
Impact of sexual loss132
Professional neglect of sexual issues135
Sexual experiences139
Fertility149
6Coping with embarrassment: bodily continence154
The body and society154
The impact of incontinence on the embodied self157
Managing bodily incontinence161
Impact of bodily incontinence on relationships172
7A new body in a new world177
Embodiment: understanding the body in society177
Defining embodiment in a world of high technology180
Bibliography186
Index197

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