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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, 27 Feb. 2006
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This review is from: The Body Silent: The Different World of the Disabled (Paperback)
Just to say that this is one of the most fascinating books on disability I have read. It offers a highly accessible explanation of the psychology of disability, both from the standpoint of the disabled person, and societal expectations.
Robert F. Murphy, a distinguished anthropoligist, describes the development of his own degenerative disability with remarkable insight, and is able to fuse his professional and personal experience in a unique exploration of what it means to be disabled.
It is a must read for anyone with a disability, family, friends and those working in the field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 25 Jan. 2008
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This is a brilliant book. I read it to find out more about disability but found it had so much more to offer. The way we view our bodies and the way other people view us. It brings the subject of sociology alive and makes you see its importance as a subject of study. I particularly enjoyed the socio-economic observations towards the end of the book. I would recommend this book to everyone and especially sociological students and say this is how it should be done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A struggle for autonomy, 16 Sept. 2011
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Robert Murphy, a professor of anthropology, wrote this candid and vivid account of his devastating, paralytic illness caused by a slow-growing, invasive, spinal tumour. The shocking effect this had on his status as a member of society was deeply distressing. From an anthropological and philosophical perspective he reflected that the study of paralysis offered a setting for observations of the struggles of the individual against society. He noted that the disabled became 'liminal people' caught in a 'social limbo' and pushed to the margins of society.
Robert Murphy did not allow himself to sink into ineria and despair but seized the opportunity to research the world of the disabled and join their struggle to regain dinity and autonomy and to find a way back into society. This is a powerful and instructive book.
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