Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/58629

The Discourse on Autism

File Size Format  
1525.pdf 271.95 kB Adobe PDF View/Open
1526.docx 63.6 kB Microsoft Word XML View/Open
1527.txt 47.68 kB Text View/Open

Item Summary

Title:The Discourse on Autism
Authors:Mullen, Gary
Keywords:autism
Foucault
Hacking
Date Issued:2015
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies
Citation:Mullen, G. (2015). The Discourse on Autism. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 11(2).
Series:vol. 11, no. 2
Abstract:The notion that autism is fundamentally a neurobiological impairment that can be treated, cured or overcome through strategies that enable successful social adaptation is becoming imbedded in popular narratives of autism, such as the life story of Temple Grandin as recounted by Oliver Sacks. This notion compromises the autonomy and flourishing of autistic persons by placing the adaptive burden largely upon autistic persons rather than institutions. Drawing on the work of Ian Hacking and Michel Foucault, I argue that we should give this popular conception an axial shift and consider the ways in which our contemporary institutions, practices and assumptions about normality are implicated in the creation of autism as a diagnostic category and the confinement of autistic persons within the inflexible norms of extant educational and public welfare practices. Understanding the social and cultural contingency of autism permits a more experimental approach toward institutions that can accommodate and be shaped by the diversity of modes of mental processing, communication and socialization that autism presents.
URI/DOI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/58629
ISSN:1552-9215
Appears in Collections: RDS Volume 11, No. 2


Please email libraryada-l@lists.hawaii.edu if you need this content in ADA-compliant format.

Items in ScholarSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.