With This (Disabled) Body: Distributed paper, RC 11 (Sociology of Ageing)
2010 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Couplehood is an area of relationship between disabled people that is under-researched in comparison to self-evident family relationships withtheir parents & siblings. Although there are expanding networks between disabled adults, few texts explore partnerships of love between disabled people. Most texts that discuss disability and relationships usually only describe spousal care by an able-bodied partner to a disabled one. It is also taken for granted that the disability was acquired after the marriage. This paper discusses the preliminary results of a qualitative interview study with couples, where both partners have a long-term disability and have hadthe opportunity to live long lives together with their impairments. The aimof the study is to contribute to knowledge about disabled people’s relationships,as well as to explore the meanings & actualizations of care in these relationships over time, changing bodily states & age. The study is ongoing & is being analyzed using a Grounded Theory approach. Preliminary results indicate that the dichotomy between caregiver & care receiver become less clear as partners usually take on both these roles simultaneously. Care in the relationships might also have different meanings & actualizations depending on the changing needs & bodily states of both partners.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gothenburg, Sweden, 2010.
disability, ageing, couplehood
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-63910OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-63910DiVA: diva2:384128
XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology, "Sociology on the Move", Gothenburg, Sweden, 11 - 17 July 2010
ProjectsDisability, Life Course and Ageing (FÅLK)