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Title:Life scraps/a patchwork quilt: Vignettes from the lives of Brenda and Jim
Author(s):Page, Brenda Kay
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Chadsey-Rusch, Janis
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Theory and Methods
Women's Studies
Education, Special
Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
Abstract:This qualitative inquiry explores the process of the social construction of disability and the meanings assigned to the disability by a mother and/with a son with cerebral palsy. Using the interpretative biographical methodology, vignettes were written in a journal by the mother. Applying the interpretative interactionism perspective, this dissertation describes the meaning of the problematic everyday life with interacting humans. The experience of the individual is connected to public responses to personal troubles.
The vignettes answer the question of what it is like to be a parent of a young man leaving the public school system and entering the adult world. The quilt metaphor employed puts forth a new way to think about theory: When life gives you scraps, make quilts. This inquiry responds to the call to broaden the methodologies, the theories of human behavior, and the realm of experience into which research is conducted.
The evocative power of telling a true story of lived experience is not to prove a point, but to offer people the opportunity to think about things in unrestricted and unpredicted ways. A conversation begins about the complexity of being human, of being a mother and/with a son with cerebral palsy, and of being a diligent researcher.
Issue Date:1995
Rights Information:Copyright 1995 Page, Brenda Kay
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9624455
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9624455

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