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By Vaidehi Ramanathan

This e-book severely addresses the position of language in our collective building of ‘normal' our bodies. Addressing various issues associated with seen and invisible, power and terminal stipulations, the amount probes concerns in and round sufferer and caregiver debts. Focussing on physique stipulations linked to breast melanoma, Alzheimer's disorder, (type-1) diabetes, epilepsy, partial listening to and autism, the publication attracts on a number severe theories to contest jointly assembled notions of ‘abnormality,' ‘disability' and ‘impairments.' It additionally addresses the necessity for utilized sociolinguists to take account of ways our discovering practices - the texts we produce, the orientations we think, the theoretical grounds from which we proceed-- create ‘meanings' approximately our bodies and ‘normalcy,' and the significance of closing ever vigilant and civically accountable in what we do or declare to do.

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Paying close attention to how people with ailments/disabilities and their caregivers write of their coping with their and their loved one’s 40 Scripting Selves 41 ailments – the changes in their bodies, their wrestling with disabling societal discourses and lifestyles adjustments they have to make – affords glimpses into contexts where the need to assemble selves through writing becomes both imperative and a crucial mode of survival (Ramanathan & Makoni, 2008), while also alerting us to the fluidity of identities.

The first (the forgetfulness phase) is often characterized by subtle decrements in memory functioning (misplacing objects, difficulty in recalling names). This stage is also sometimes characterized by behavioral changes such as decreased spontaneity, social withdrawal, anxiety, verbal perseverations, halting speech and mild problems in comprehension. During the second (confusional stage), cognitive impairment may be more obvious with features such as memory loss, temporal and spatial disorientation, and in the final stage (the dementia stage) the patient 42 Bodies and Language often suffers from severe intellectual decline, an inability to recognize even closest family members and profound disturbances in orientation.

Weiss, 2006: 102–104, my emphasis) Mark Weiss’s open and honest articulation of his desire to have his wife’s body ‘restored’ with reconstructive surgery (addressed in more detail in relation to prosthesis in the next section) evokes a mix of reactions. On the one hand, we can intuit his (male) insistence that a woman’s body have two breasts and be a certain way (something that I, as a woman, recoil from). On the other hand, though, his anxieties are bringing to the surface some key implicit assumptions about bodies, ‘normalcy’ and ‘deviance’ that we have collectively assembled.

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