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Autistic identity, culture, community, and space for well-being

Farahar, Chloe (2022) Autistic identity, culture, community, and space for well-being. In: Milton, Damian and Ryan, Sara, eds. The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Autism Studies. Routledge, Oxon, UK, pp. 229-241. E-ISBN 978-1-00-305657-7. (doi:10.4324/9781003056577-23) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:101046)

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In this chapter I discuss and critically consider the importance of identity, culture, community, and space for improving the well-being of the (our) stigmatised and marginalised Autistic population. I will do this by first discussing a tale of two “autisms”: the first being the pathological and paradigmatic narrative that constructs “autism” as a medical neurodevelopmental “disorder” embedded within a “culture of autism”; the second narrative being that of Autistic culture, with Autistic experience understood from a neurodiversity perspective, where Autistic people are different, not disordered. I touch on the well-being issues the Autistic community experience, going on to explain how fostering an Autistic identity can act as a “social cure”, one that affords Autistic people symbolic and material support from community members. Lastly, I consider the refuge and healing properties of Autistic spaces, and how these spaces may prove to be a stronger tool for discovering one’s Autistic-ness as a teen or adult compared to current infantilised medical diagnostic processes. I hope to show the importance of Autistic identity, culture, community, and space for Autistic well-being.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.4324/9781003056577-23
Uncontrolled keywords: autistic identity; autistic culture; autistic community; autistic space; autistic well-being; stigma
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Chloe Farahar
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2023 15:47 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2023 10:32 UTC
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