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Autistic Development, Trauma and Personhood: Beyond the Frame of the Neoliberal Individual

Milton, Damian (2017) Autistic Development, Trauma and Personhood: Beyond the Frame of the Neoliberal Individual. In: Runswick-Cole, Katherine and Curran, Tillie and Liddiard, Kirsty, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Disabled Children’s Childhood Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 461-476. ISBN 978-1-137-54445-2. E-ISBN 978-1-137-54446-9. (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-54446-9_29) (KAR id:62641)

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This chapter critically explores notions of childhood development, particularly in regard to autism, reactions to traumatic events and the meaning of ‘personhood’. The construction of the neoliberal individual is contrasted with that of personhood as experienced by an autistic person. Person-centred methods of engagement as outlined in this chapter can give opportunities for opening up a respectful discursive space where autistic development is not framed from the outset as ‘disordered’.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1057/978-1-137-54446-9_29
Uncontrolled keywords: Autism, Neurodiversity, Childhood, Trauma, Personhood
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC553.A88 Autism. Asperger's syndrome
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Damian Milton
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2017 06:30 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:47 UTC
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