Whose body is it anyway? Verbalization, embodiment, and the creation of narratives
2009 (English)In: Health, ISSN 1363-4593, Vol. 13, no 3, 361-379 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article examines the creation of narratives between people with severe disabilities and the personnel working with them. It shows that although a co-created narrative of what it means to be severely disabled (the story of dependence) seems to prevail, another narrative (the story of autonomy) is also told, where the story of dependence is rejected by the person with disabilities. However, this story of autonomy only becomes clear if we recognize three central claims: (1) there is a connection between where the physical body of the person with disabilities is positioned in space and what he or she is allowed or able to be and do; (2) since the body is a communicative tool, the moving of the body could be interpreted as a narrative, told through the embodiment of space; and (3) the embodied story can challenge existing social structures. The article highlights the inherent struggle for power within narrations and how the creation of alternative narratives can contest existing social structures.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 13, no 3, 361-379 p.
Disability, embodiment, narratives, power relations
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18034DOI: 10.1177/1363459308101808OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-18034DiVA: diva2:214283