Rehabilitation is dedicated to helping people not only survive, but also thrive. Despite this complex goal, the organizing principles of rehabilitation still rely on biomedicine to construct disability as a problem of impaired bodies. Rehabilitation professionals are committed to helping to enhance people's lives, but many struggle with how to do so in light of the bigger questions regarding their roles in, for example, working to maintain hope for recovery and/or promoting greater acceptance of diverse abilities. A key problem is the lack of theoretical tools for working through the function of rehabilitation in the lives of disabled people. Rehabilitation, for the most part, reflects a narrow mechanistic conception of movement. It considers movements of body structures such as joints, functional movements such as walking, or more recently, how movement and mobility facilitate participation in social roles. Despite a nascent concern with the environmental factors contributing to disablement, movement is still focused primarily on mobilizing people's bodies. Rehabilitation: A Post-critical Approach reexamines the philosophical foundations of rehabilitation, expanding the concept of movement beyond the physical body. Drawing from disability studies, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, cultural studies, and bioethics, this theoretically rigorous yet accessibly styled text: Explores the limitations of biomedicine as the organizing framework of rehabilitationEvaluates new directions to diversify contemporary rehabilitation practiceEstablishes the parameters for a reconfigured ethics of rehabilitation By embracing multiple ideas of movement-not only physical, but also social, emotional, and political-alternative approaches to rehabilitation are revealed.
Moving RehabilitationA Post-critical ApproachCritical Disability StudiesAn Ethic of OpennessMoving BodiesUse of TermsMobilizing Post-Critical Methodologies: Book OutlineOutline of ChaptersReferences Disability/NormalityWhat Is Disability?Theorizing DisabilityThe Social Model of DisabilityInternational Classification of Functioning, Disability, and HealthWhat Is Normal(ity)?Post-Critical Movements: Perturbing the Normal/Disabled DivideRehabilitating Normal/DisabledReferences Quality of LifeOrigins and ConfusionsQOL, Function, and NormalizationA Case ExampleChallenges from within the Health SciencesThe Subjective/Objective DivideQuality of Life Judgments in Clinical PracticesThe Object of InterventionReforming Quality of LifeReferences DevelopmentBarbara E. Gibson, Gail Teachman, and Yani HamdaniDevelopmentalismRethinking Children's RehabilitationImplications for Rehabilitation PracticeUnhinging Normal and DevelopmentReferences In/dependenceDiscourses of In/dependenceDependence, Independence, and Interdependence in Disability Studies and RehabilitationInterdependenceMoving AssemblagesReconstructing DependenciesReferences MobilitiesMobilizing DesireAmputee MobilitiesCrawling MobilitiesWheelchair MobilitiesMobility MovementsReferences Re-Forming RehabilitationContinuities of Theory with PracticeRevisiting the Ethics of OpennessImplications: Mobilizing and Re-FormingRhizomatic ReformsChoices and DirectionsMovement without ConclusionReferences
"The book before you is more than simply a case for reflexivity in, and theoretical reflections on, rehabilitation: it is an important contribution to a burgeoning space of inquiry, to disability studies of rehabilitation. ... Gibson does a great service."-From the Foreword by Thomas Abrams, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada
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