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Identity (Re)constructions After Brain Injury

Personal and Family Identity, 1st Edition

By Chalotte Glintborg


152 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-05-16
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Identity (Re)constructions After Brain Injury: Personal and Family Identity investigates how being diagnosed with acquired brain injury (ABI) impacts identity (re-)construction in both adults with ABI and their close relatives.

To show how being diagnosed with ABI impacts identity (re)construction, this book investigates key patterns of identity construction. Discourse analysis, especially on the concept of positioning, provides an understanding of the changes and developmental processes in these self-narratives. These narrative (re)constructions point to a developmental change of identity in the course of the different phases of the recovery process for both persons with ABI and relatives, including conflicting voices from society, service providers, relatives and other adults with ABI. In addition, the (re)construction process is characterized by much ambivalence in both ABI survivors and relatives. 

Triangulating three perspectives; an insider perspective from ABI survivors, an insider perspective from relatives and an outsider perspective from the researcher, allows us to see how identities are negotiated and constructed in concrete situations. This innovative book will be required reading for all students and academics working in the fields of disability studies, rehabilitation psychology, sociology, allied health and social care.

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; List of co-authors; Preface; Part I. Theoretical Frameworks and Methods; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Self-Identity in people with an acquired brain injury; Chapter 3: Narrative identity, discourse and positioning; Chapter 4: Establishing first contact, facing professional barriers and handling "wild" data.; Part II. The challenges in navigating identity in individuals with ABI and their close relativesChapter 5: Identity constructions through a pair of warped glasses; Chapter 6: Normalization vs. pathologizing; Chapter 7: Same but different: When continuity is threatened; Chapter 8: Hope & Recovery; Chapter 9: Personal competencies and resilience; Chapter 10: Shame and self-criticism; Chapter 11: The role of peer support in identity (re)construction; Part III. Future perspectives on neurorehabilitation; Chapter 12: Psychological rehabilitation; Chapter 13: Concluding reflections; Index

About the Author

Chalotte Glintborg, Ph.D. in psychology, is a scientist from Aalborg University who specialises in rehabilitation psychology. Her research has centred on exploring first person perspectives on the emotional consequences of living with disabilities, e.g. identity problems, distress, shame and depression, etc.

About the Series

Interdisciplinary Disability Studies

Disability studies has made great strides in exploring power and the body. This series extends the interdisciplinary dialogue between disability studies and other fields by asking how disability studies can influence a particular field. It will show how a deep engagement with disability studies changes our understanding of the following fields: sociology, literary studies, gender studies, bioethics, social work, law, education, or history. This ground-breaking series identifies both the practical and theoretical implications of such an interdisciplinary dialogue and challenges people in disability studies as well as other disciplinary fields to critically reflect on their professional praxis in terms of theory, practice, and methods.

Series editor: Mark Sherry, The University of Toledo, USA

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / People with Disabilities