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“Said the autistic endorsed autistic informed academic”: Neurodiversity, Academia and Activism

Milton, Damian (2017) “Said the autistic endorsed autistic informed academic”: Neurodiversity, Academia and Activism. In: 9th Lancaster Disability Studies conference, 11-13 September 2018, Lancaster, UK. (Unpublished) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:69132)

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Abstract

The neurodiversity movement can be said to have developed as a form of activism directly opposed to the way academics and clinicians had defined particular groups of people purely in terms of pathological deviations from an idealised notion of normalcy. Such a positionality and resultant ethos has been particularly prevalent within the autistic community, and has borrowed heavily from social model (or variations thereof) activist and academic perspectives. In this presentation, I reflect upon my own position as a scholar-activist working within and between the neurodiversity movement and the academy. Traditionally the field of autism studies has been dominated by biological and psychological research, and yet power differentials can impact upon critical sociological work reflected in the formation of niche subcultures. In this presentation, I also comment upon the precarious position of being an ‘endorsed insider’ (and simultaneous opposite) scholar-activist, the potential pitfalls, the expectations and tensions that can come about from others one interacts with, and what can be done to navigate such terrain.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Keynote)
Uncontrolled keywords: Autism, Scholar-Activism, Participation, Double empathy problem, Expertise
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Damian Milton
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2018 14:54 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:18 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/69132 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Milton, Damian: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3825-6194
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