Quadriplegia, virtue theory and flourishing:a qualitative study drawing on self-narratives

Clifton, Shane, Llewellyn, Gwynnyth and Shakespeare, Tom (2018) Quadriplegia, virtue theory and flourishing:a qualitative study drawing on self-narratives. Disability & Society, 33 (1). pp. 20-38. ISSN 0968-7599

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    Grounded in the logic of the virtue tradition, the qualitative study “the good life and quadriplegia” collected the self-narratives of people that have lived with the impairment over the medium to long term. This article draws on those narratives to describe how people understood the good life in the context of the losses and hardship of their spinal-cord injury, and the virtues and attitudes that helped them to achieve it. While highlighting the importance of virtue, participant stories resisted the ideology of the positivity myth, recognising that flourishing includes hardships, limitation, and failure, as well as meaning, virtue, and accomplishment.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: virtue,spinal cord injury,narrative,the good life,flourishing,eudaimonia
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
    Depositing User: Pure Connector
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2017 06:06
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 12:35
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/64900
    DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2017.1379951

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