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Women's Studies


J. E. Stewart’s Living with Brain Injury: Narrative, Community, and Women’s Renegotiation of Identity provides an in-depth look at the experiences of ten women who sustained brain injuries at different points in their lives. Stewart’s qualitative research study highlights the unique and shared experiences of these women. Much of the current brain injury literature focuses on men, particularly combat veterans and athletes. Thus, a book focusing on personal struggles confronted by women with brain injury is both timely and needed.

Stewart’s work acknowledges the lost art of listening that is evident in current research and practice. The result is a beautifully written, inspired piece of writing that prompts readers to think not only about women with brain injury, but about ourselves—the people who live with them, work with them, and are in community with them. While much of the writing, particularly at the beginning, is complex and academic, the book will be particularly beneficial for scholars and practitioners who require a better understanding of the human experience of their patients and clients. The author is to be commended for his thorough qualitative data analysis and emotional dedication to this project, which shines through on each page. J. Eric Stewart explored these ten women’s personal experiences with depth and sensitivity.

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Citation information for the book reviewed: Stewart, J. E. (2014). Living with Brain Injuries: Narrative, Community, and Women’s Renegotiation of Identity. New York, NY: New York University Press.


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