I am very proud to share with you this article with co-authors Nick Caddick and David A Stone. In this article we use analytic pluralism to analyze a data excerpt from the medical rehabilitation of an inpatient with spinal cord injury and his physical therapist to examine how the concept of motivation is used in clinical practice. We employ three theoretical perspectives to explore ways of understanding this concept: social determination theory, phenomenology, and narrative inquiry. We present and argue for multiple ontologies as a new forward to understanding complex human phenomena such as motivation.
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I am Christina Papadimitriou, an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and Sociology at Oakland University in Rochester, MI USA. My research focuses on understanding the experience of disability in society, especially related to rehabilitation services and access. All of my work is inter-professional.