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The Naming of Adult Autism: Identity, Ambiguity and Culture
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The Naming of Adult Autism: Identity, Ambiguity and Culture (Paperback)

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Autism is a 'social disorder', defined according to an individual's interactions and lifestyle. However, medical literature rarely questions the silent ideas of social normalcy against which autistic traits are defined. The Naming of Adult Autism demonstrates the value of Cultural Studies towards developing a fuller understanding of 'high-functioning' autism and Asperger's Syndrome as conditions affecting adults. Associations of autistic talent with scientific aptitude have emerged at the expense of recognition that many autistic individuals succeed in the Humanities. Adapting cultural theory from Beauvoir, Foucault, Said and Butler to illuminate the wider implications of the conceptualization of autism, this study considers identity politics involved with diagnosis and self-diagnosis. In doing so it addresses labeling, performativity, and the reclamation of key signifiers in discourses of autism.

Medical & VeterinaryBrances of medicineNeurology & clinical neurophysiologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesDisability: social aspects Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International Publication Date: 01/03/2019 ISBN-13: 9781783480418  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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James McGrath lectures in Cultural Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University. Since 2003, he has been researching and publishing on interdisciplinary approaches to autism, as well as producing academic work on popular music.

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