Narrating a Return to Work After Spinal Cord Injury

  • Carolyn Smith-MorrisEmail author
  • Gilberto Lopez
  • Lisa Ottomanelli
  • Lance Goetz
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 52)


Perhaps no social scientific tool is more important to the study of illness and rehabilitation than the narrative. They are not only the vehicle by which treatment for spinal cord injury (SCI), recovery, and adjustment occur but are also the essential communicative device that allow social scientists to understand their. And these tasks are not mutually exclusive. In this chapter, we describe the qualitative arm of a clinical trial of supported employment for persons with SCI. Narratives not only reflected informant adjustments to life and work with an SCI but also gave informants an arena – the interview – in which to actively craft and test some of these new adjustments. Our analysis focuses on the productive, perlocutionary task of the narrative, its unique timelessness, narrator authority, and lifelong adjustment.


Spinal Cord Injury Veteran Affair Medical Center Standard Care Group Vocational Rehabilitation Service Support Employment Program 
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This material is based on work supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Research and Development. Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Project #B3773R.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carolyn Smith-Morris
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gilberto Lopez
    • 2
  • Lisa Ottomanelli
    • 3
  • Lance Goetz
    • 4
  1. 1.AnthropologySouthern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA
  2. 2.Bloomberg School of Public HealthJohns Hopkins UniversityGustineUSA
  3. 3.James A. Haley Veterans’ HospitalTampaUSA
  4. 4.Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical CenterRichmondUSA

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