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Still lives : narratives of spinal cord injury
Cole, Jonathan, 1951-
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Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [2004]

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x, 330 pages ; 23 cm
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In writing Still Lives, Jonathan Cole wanted to find out about living in a wheelchair, without having what he calls the doctor/patient thing intervene. He has done this by asking people with spinal cord injuries the simple question of what it is like to live without sensation and movement in the body. If the body has absented itself, where does the person reside? He describes his method in the first chapter: I have gone to people, not with a white coat or a stethoscope... but] to listen to their lives as they express them, and it is the candid and powerful narratives of twelve people with spinal cord injuries that form the heart of the book. Asking his simple question, Cole discovers that there is no single or simple answer. The twelve people with tetraplegia (known as quadriplegia in the US) or paraplegia whose stories he tells testify to similar impairments but widely differing experiences. Cole employs their individual responses to shape the book into six main sections: Enduring, Exploring, Experimenting, Observing, Empowering, and, finally, Continuing. Each concludes with a commentary on the broader issues raised. Still Lives moves from a view of impairment as t

Author Notes

Jonathan Cole, D.M., F.R.C.P., is Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, Poole Hospital and at Salisbury Hospital (with its Spinal Centre), a Professor at Bournemouth University, and a visiting Senior Lecturer, Southampton University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
I Introductionp. 1
1 Twenty Years Onp. 3
II Enduringp. 23
2 We Are All New Boysp. 25
3 I Do Not Live a Normal Lifep. 39
4 Endurancep. 53
III Exploringp. 63
5 Heads Up to the Worldp. 65
6 Being Someone Elsep. 81
7 Explorationp. 97
IV Experimentingp. 107
8 Because I Canp. 109
9 Me and Itp. 127
10 Experimentationp. 143
V Observingp. 155
11 The Windsurferp. 157
12 Both Sides Nowp. 167
VI Empoweringp. 179
13 Disability Mattersp. 181
14 Flyers and Nonflyersp. 207
15 Empowermentp. 225
VII Continuingp. 235
16 For What I Amp. 237
17 Finding New Thingsp. 255
VIII Commentaryp. 269
18 The Dreary Oozep. 271
Appendix Useful Websitesp. 299
Notesp. 301
Referencesp. 319
Indexp. 325