Critical autism studies: exploring epistemic dialogues and intersections, challenging dominant understandings of autism

O'Dell, Lindsay and Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Hanna and Ortega, Francisco and Brownlow, Charlotte and Orsini, Michael (2016) Critical autism studies: exploring epistemic dialogues and intersections, challenging dominant understandings of autism. Disability and Society, 31 (2). pp. 166-179. ISSN 0968-7599

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In this paper we explore how our cultural contexts give rise to different kinds of knowledges of autism and examine how they are articulated, gain currency, and form the basis for policy, practice and political movements. We outline key tensions for the development of critical autism studies as an international, critical abilities approach. Our aim is not to offer a cross-cultural account of autism or to assume a coherence or universality of ‘autism’ as a singular diagnostic category/reality. Rather, we map the ways in which what is experienced and understood as autism, plays out in different cultural contexts, drawing on the notion of ‘epistemic communities’ to explore shifts in knowledge about autism, including concepts such as ‘neurodiversity’, and how these travel through cultural spaces. The paper explores two key epistemic tensions; the dominance of ‘neuro culture’ and dominant constructions of personhood and what it means to be human.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Third place winner for the USQ School-Specific 2016 Publication Excellence Awards for Journal Articles - School of Psychology and Counselling. Submitted version deposited, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2016 23:34
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 02:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: autism; critical autism studies; neurodiversity; epistemic communities
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
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Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2016.1164026

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