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Multiple Selves: The Performance of an Idiosyncratic Self for those Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic illness affecting millions of people worldwide at a time of life commonly considered their prime years. For many, the condition severely restricts everyday life, threatening their ability to perform daily tasks and sustain essential social ties. Semi-structured, in-person interviews with 23 individuals diagnosed with MS were conducted. Grounded theory techniques were utilized to collect, code, and analyze narrative textual data. Core findings revealed how individuals performed a number of selves depending on the visibility of their symptoms and whom they were interacting. This information can be used to better understand not simply the biomedical aspects of MS, but also the social consequences of becoming diagnosed and living with a chronic illness such as MS in modern neoliberal societies. Through having discussions with both individuals and groups of individuals who have been diagnosed with MS, this project analyzes how interactions influence the performance of self. Illness narratives allow experts, who have gone through the process of diagnosis and now live everyday with the illness reflect on how they came to terms with their modified identity.
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Carr, Kyle. "Multiple Selves: The Performance of an Idiosyncratic Self for those Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Canada, Aug 12, 2017 <Not Available>. 2018-07-04 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1245977_index.html>

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Carr, K. A. , 2017-08-12 "Multiple Selves: The Performance of an Idiosyncratic Self for those Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Canada Online <PDF>. 2018-07-04 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1245977_index.html

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Abstract: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic illness affecting millions of people worldwide at a time of life commonly considered their prime years. For many, the condition severely restricts everyday life, threatening their ability to perform daily tasks and sustain essential social ties. Semi-structured, in-person interviews with 23 individuals diagnosed with MS were conducted. Grounded theory techniques were utilized to collect, code, and analyze narrative textual data. Core findings revealed how individuals performed a number of selves depending on the visibility of their symptoms and whom they were interacting. This information can be used to better understand not simply the biomedical aspects of MS, but also the social consequences of becoming diagnosed and living with a chronic illness such as MS in modern neoliberal societies. Through having discussions with both individuals and groups of individuals who have been diagnosed with MS, this project analyzes how interactions influence the performance of self. Illness narratives allow experts, who have gone through the process of diagnosis and now live everyday with the illness reflect on how they came to terms with their modified identity.


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