"They brought you back to the fact you're not the same": Sense of self after traumatic brain injury

Makela, P. 2017. "They brought you back to the fact you're not the same": Sense of self after traumatic brain injury. Subjectivity. 10 (4), pp. 358-373. doi:10.1057/s41286-017-0036-8

Title"They brought you back to the fact you're not the same": Sense of self after traumatic brain injury
AuthorsMakela, P.
Abstract

This paper considers contexts following traumatic brain injury, exploring what may be at stake when dominant expectations predict a ‘lost’ or ‘broken’ self. I explore stories co-constructed with one young man and his mother to illustrate their personal and intersubjective understandings of identity, at times conflicting, within family interactions and when encountering normative practices of neurorehabilitation clinicians. The ower relations portrayed confront this man’s narrative attempts to align his present and pre-injury self, including standard assessments delineating change, administered by healthcare professionals. I consider a need for greater attention to interaction-generated disruption to sense of self, wthin contemporary conceptualisations of ‘person-centred care’.

KeywordsSense of self; traumatic brain injury; neurorehabilitation; counter-stories
JournalSubjectivity
Journal citation10 (4), pp. 358-373
ISSN1755-6341
Year2017
PublisherSpringer
Accepted author manuscriptAccepted version_Subjectivity.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1057/s41286-017-0036-8
Web address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41286-017-0036-8?wt_mc=Internal.Event.1.SEM.ArticleAuthorOnlineFirst
Publication dates
Published29 Aug 2017

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