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Neurodiversity Studies

A New Critical Paradigm, 1st Edition

Edited by Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Nick Chown, Anna Stenning


272 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367338312
pub: 2020-06-30
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Building on work in feminist studies, queer studies and critical race theory, this volume challenges the universality of propositions about human nature, by questioning the boundaries between predominant neurotypes and ‘others’, including dyslexics, autistics and ADHDers.

This is the first work of its kind to bring cutting-edge research across disciplines to the concept of neurodiversity. It offers in-depth explorations of the themes of cure/prevention/eugenics; neurodivergent wellbeing; cross-neurotype communication; neurodiversity at work; and challenging brain-bound cognition. It analyses the role of neuro-normativity in theorising agency, and a proposal for a new alliance between the Hearing Voices Movement and neurodiversity. In doing so, we contribute to a cultural imperative to redefine what it means to be human. To this end, we propose a new field of enquiry that finds ways to support the inclusion of neurodivergent perspectives in knowledge production, and which questions the theoretical and mythological assumptions that produce the idea of the neurotypical.

Working at the crossroads between sociology, critical psychology, medical humanities, critical disability studies, and critical autism studies, and sharing theoretical ground with critical race studies and critical queer studies, the proposed new field – neurodiversity studies – will be of interest to people working in all these areas.

Table of Contents


Hanna Bertilsdotter-Rosqvist, Anna Stenning, and Nick Chown

Curing Neurodivergence/Eugenics

1. The Production of the ‘Normal’ Child: Neurodiversity and the Commodification of Parenting

Mitzi Waltz

2. Language Games Used to Construct Pathological Autism

Nick Chown

3. Is There an Ethical Case for the Prevention and/or Cure of Autism?

Virginia Bovell

Neurodivergent Wellbeing

4. Neurodiversity, Disability, Wellbeing

Robert Chapman

5. Neurodiversity in a Neurotypical World: An Enactive Framework for Investigating Autism and Social Institutions

Alan Jurgens

Cross-Neurotype Communication

6. Neurodiversity and Cross-Cultural Communication

Alyssa Hillary

7. Understanding Empathy Through a Study of Autistic Life Writing: On the Importance of Neurodiverse Morality

Anna Stenning

8. Sensory Strangers: Travels in Normate Sensory Worlds

David Jackson-Perry, Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Marianthi Kourti and Jenn Layton Annable

Neurodiversity at Work

9. Practical Scholarship: Optimising Beneficial Research Collaborations Between Autistic Scholars, Professional Services Staff and ‘Typical Academics’ in UK Universities

Nicki Martin

10. Designing an Autistic Space for Research: Exploring the Impact of Context, Space, and Sociality in Autistic Writing Processes

Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Linda Örnulf, Serena Hasselblad, Dennis Hansson, Kirke Nilsson, and Hajo Seng

11. How Individuals and Institutions Can Learn to Make Room for Human Cognitive Diversity: A Personal Perspective from My Life in Neuroscience

Matthew Belmonte

Challenging Brain-Bound Cognition

12. Understanding Autistic Individuals: Cognitive Diversity not Theoretical Deficit

Ines Hipolito, Dan Hutto, And Nick Chown

Moving Forwards

13. Neuronormativity in Theorising Agency: An Argument for a Critical Neurodiversity Approach

Diuwertje Dyi Huijg

14. Defining Neurodiversity for Research and Practice

Robert Chapman

15. A New Alliance? The Hearing Voices Movement and Neurodiversity

Akiko Hart


Hanna Bertilsdotter-Rosqvist, Anna Stenning, and Nick Chown

About the Editors

Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist is an Associate Professor in Sociology and currently a Senior Lecturer in Social work at Södertörn University. Her recent research is around autism, identity politics, and sexual, gendered and age normativity. She is the former Chief Editor of Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research.

Nick Chown is a book indexer who undertakes autism research in his spare time. His recent publication is Understanding and Evaluating Autism Theory (2016). He has reviewed for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, written various academic articles, and led a team studying support for autistic students in the UK.

Anna Stenning is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Bath Spa University. Her current research focuses on literary representations of autism, and intersections between disability studies and environmental justice. She is also a co-editor, with David Borthwick and Pippa Marland, of Walking, Landscape and Environment (2019).

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