Mapping the social geographies of autism: online and off-line narratives of neuro-shared and separate spaces

Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Hanna and Brownlow, Charlotte and O'Dell, Lindsay (2013) Mapping the social geographies of autism: online and off-line narratives of neuro-shared and separate spaces. Disability and Society, 28 (3). pp. 367-379. ISSN 0968-7599


This paper draws together empirical work that has been produced by the authors in two different autistic spaces: The Swedish paper Empowerment produced by and aimed at adults with autism, and English-speaking autistic communities on-line. While the two points of data collection are quite different, there are important points of commonality which enable us to explore central issues concerning autistic and neurotypical space and the meanings assigned to these in different contexts. The paper aims to introduce the notion of social geographies of autism, based on talks among adults with autism and a social movement to promote autistic identities, giving examples from our previous work that has spanned both on- and off-line spaces. Key issues discussed in the paper include a focus on autistic political platforms and the carving out of both social and political spaces for people with autism. In doing so, neuro-separate and neuro-shared spaces must be negotiated.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Published online 12 Sep 2012. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2012 00:15
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 01:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: disability geography; people with autism; neuro-separate space; neuro-shared space; on-line communities; self advocacy press
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2012.714257

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