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Re-imagining Embodiment and the Self in People with Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries: A Narrative Approach
Traumatic spinal cord injuries from accidents cause physical and social suffering, pain and loss. After an initial period of physical and psychological trauma, the individual begins to cope and successfully crosses over. Crossing over as a term used in the spinal cord injury register refers to positive adaptation—physical, psychological and social. This paper is based on a qualitative narrative study of the lived experiences of individuals negotiating spinal cord injuries in the Indian context wherein the disability is no longer the location of inability, tragedy, pain, and loss, but one of creative possibilities. As individuals re-imagine embodiment and self, a space of infinite possibilities opens, thereby creatively re-engaging the embodied self and taking on new role identities.
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Kumar, N., & Menon, S. (2018). Re-imagining embodiment and the self in people with traumatic spinal cord injuries: A narrative approach. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 37 (1). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.24972/ijts.2018.37.1.1