Autism as a form of biological citizenship

Brownlow, Charlotte and O'Dell, Lindsay (2013) Autism as a form of biological citizenship. In: Worlds of autism: across the spectrum of neurological difference. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN. United States, pp. 97-114. ISBN 978-0-8166-8889-0


In this chapter, we discuss the ways in which a biological explana­tion of autism has been refashioned into a neurological account of neurodiversity. The neurodiversity discourse functions as a critical tool with which people with autism may engage with negative and disabling mainstream models of autism. We outline the development of the neuro­ diversity movement, which claims autism as a difference from (and often as a superior identity to) 'neurologically typicals' (NTs). The chapter draws on the concept of 'biological citizens' alongside a construction of neurodiversity.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 University of Minnesota Press. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Date Deposited: 28 May 2014 04:26
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2017 23:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: autism; causes; diagnostic labels; intervention
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1109 Neurosciences > 110906 Sensory Systems
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

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