The lived experience of families living with spinal cord disability in Northeast Thailand

King, Julie A. & King, Mark J. (2011) The lived experience of families living with spinal cord disability in Northeast Thailand. Third World Quarterly, 32(8), pp. 1475-1491.

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The experience of disability in the global South remains relatively underreported in spite of the greater focus on disability as both an impediment to development and frequently as a result of development. This article reports a qualitative study using ethnographic techniques undertaken in the province of Khon Kaen in Northeast Thailand. The primary participants were men who had experienced a severe spinal cord injury at a time when they were breadwinners, a role which is significant in the context of a modernising state that is an active participant in a global economy. The experiences, constructions and beliefs of these men, their family carers, and other informants illustrate the complex ways in which social and cultural factors interact with the opportunities, challenges and constraints of transition to modernity. The findings, interpreted according to the 'three bodies' approach, illustrate the intersection of colonising effects, governmentality and resistance, and embodied experience in a cultural context.

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ID Code: 34450
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Disability, Thailand, Social and Cultural Construction, Three Bodies, Spinal Injury, Road Traffic Injury
DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2011.614801
ISSN: 1475-1491
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > ANTHROPOLOGY (160100) > Anthropology not elsewhere classified (160199)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Southseries Inc
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [Third World Quarterly, 32(8), pp.1475-1491]. [Third World Quarterly] is available online at Informaworld.
Deposited On: 03 Oct 2011 22:30
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 20:47

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