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Meaning of a Disability: The Lived Experience of Paralysis

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April 1999

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When ethnomethodologist Albert Robillard began to suffer the symptoms of motor-neuron disease, he realized he was a living laboratory for revealing the countless taken-for-granted methods people use to produce being together. Meaning of a Disability is a detailed autobiography of the experiences and trained observations of a university professor who became paralyzed in mid-life.With his loss of speech, Robillard was forced to communicate through a lipreading system developed by his wife and student assistants. Restricted by this form of communication and his paralysis, he soon learned the frustrations of making his meaning known. Hospital nurses wrongly anticipated his words. Those who translated for him inevitably distorted his meaning. Most of all, the casual pace of conversational give-and-take was disrupted. Old friends would leave before Robillard could provide the expected interactional response.Finding himself isolated due to his lack of both mobility and vocalization, Robillard threw himself into his academic work and began to develop settings and methods where he could satisfactorily interact with others. A researcher and writer experienced in describing the bodily and verbal methods used to coordinate and construct the most ordinary of social forms, Robillard joins in this book both his years of sociological training and his time with illness to talk with moving and illuminating analysis about a broad range of matters. Moving gracefully from examinations of narratives about disability and illness, the stigmatizing things that healthcare providers unwittingly say to their patients, and communication problems in the intensive care unit, to more personal reflections onanger, isolation, and stories of tragedy, Robillard also discusses disability in the workplace and such seemingly simple topics as computers and vacations. Meaning of a Disability is the personal story of a highly trained observer forced to confront simultaneously the limits of

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Acknowledgments 1. Telling the Story 2. You Are Lucky Your Wife Stuck with You 3. Communicating in Intensive Care 4. Anger 5. Isolation 6. Bionic Man 7. Can He Think? 8. The Trip References Index

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"[Robillard] writes with great preciseness and accuracy... This book should be read by those working with people with disabilities, those teaching in the area of Disability Studies, and by people with disabilities." --Disability Studies Quarterly
EAN: 9781566396752
ISBN: 1566396751
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: TEMPLE UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: April 1999
Seitenanzahl: 191 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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