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Remaking the Body : Rehabilitation and change - Wendy Seymour

Remaking the Body

Rehabilitation and change

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Our lives are preoccupied with bodily maintenance. We spend many of our waking hours eating, exercising, washing, grooming and dressing in order to maintain our sense of self. What happens after major physical impairment? How do we relate to a damaged 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.

Foreword..Acknowledgments..Introduction..1 The body..2 Appearance and body image..3 Social routines and relationships..4 Sport and the body..5 Intimate activities: sexuality..6 Coping with embarrassment: bodily continence..7 A new body in a new world..Bibliography..Index

ISBN: 9781741150421
ISBN-10: 1741150426
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st February 1998
Edition Number: 1