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. The book contributes to the field of the sociology of the body. It is intended for rehabilitation professionals and students.
"This powerful, thought-provoking, and stimulating book is essential reading for those interested in the psychology and sociology of the body and for all health-care and rehabilitation workers."-"Choice, 5/99
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