“A different light”: examining impairment through parent narratives of childhood disability

Kelly, Susan E. (2005) “A different light”: examining impairment through parent narratives of childhood disability. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 34, (2), 180-205. (doi:10.1177/0891241604272065).


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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0891241604272065


This article explores narratives of parenting a child with impairments for insight into impairment as both a materially and socially meaningful phenomenon. Drawing from in-depth interviews with parents, a narrative approach is employed to explore the ambiguities of human impairment and embodiment as experienced by an intimate other. Parents’stories illustrate impairment as an intersubjective and intercorporeal accomplishment and illustrate multiple locations of meaning of impairment within the context of intimate social relationships. Narrative approaches have largely been identified with research on embodiment from the perspective of disabled people; it is argued that narrative accounts of embodied others may avoid dualisms of objective/subjective and social/natural that trouble current theoretical approaches to impairment.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/0891241604272065
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ISSNs: 0891-2416 (print)
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Keywords: parenting, impairment, children, disability
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Sociology and Social Policy
ePrint ID: 42771
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Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:15
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/42771

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