The Lived Experience of Families Living with Spinal Cord Disability in Northeast Thailand
King, Julie A. & King, Mark J. (2014) The Lived Experience of Families Living with Spinal Cord Disability in Northeast Thailand. In Soldatic, Karen & Meekosha, Helen (Eds.) The Global Politics of Impairment and Disability: Processes and Embodiments. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), London.
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 the transition 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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