Remaking the Body: Rehabilitation and Change

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415186018
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/14/1998
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1240L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The body 1
The body in sociology 3
The research project 14
Key themes of the research 17
Methodology 22
2 Appearance and body image 31
The body project: structural forces and human embodiment 31
Disability and bodily expression 36
3 Social routines and relationships 51
Social interactions and relationships 54
Parenting 67
Emotional and practical support 75
Dependence 79
Friendships 84
Relationships in settings of professional care 86
4 Sport and the body 92
Physical connections 97
Previous involvement in sport 99
The rehabilitation program 107
Involvement in sport beyond the unit 114
Advantages and disadvantages of the physical model 119
5 Intimate activities: sexuality 128
Impact of sexual loss 132
Professional neglect of sexual issues 135
Sexual experiences 139
Fertility 149
6 Coping with embarrassment: bodily continence 154
The body and society 154
The impact of incontinence on the embodied self 157
Managing bodily incontinence 161
Impact of bodily incontinence on relationships 172
7 A new body in a new world 177
Embodiment: understanding the body in society 177
Defining embodiment in a world of high technology 180
Bibliography 186
Index 197
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