Social Construction of Self for Persons with Aphasia: When Language As a Cultural Tool is Impaired.
This article addresses the impact of aphasia on construction or storying of self, particularly the way in which one’s ability to manipulate one’s social/cultural tool kit is impaired when language as a tool is disrupted. If language is essential to the construction of the self, how does one participate in self-construction in the face of its impairment? The theoretical perspectives of Holstein and Gubrium (2000), Giddens (1991), and Swidler (2001) are used to clarify the ramifications of this altered social construction of self in aphasia. Examples are provided to demonstrate how an aphasia communication group may help persons with aphasia engage in the self-reconstruction process. **********