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The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Autism Studies

ISBN 9780367521073
Published December 22, 2022 by Routledge
326 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook provides an authoritative and up-to-date overview of Critical Autism Studies and explores the different kinds of knowledges and their articulations, similarities, and differences across cultural contexts and key tensions within this subdiscipline.
Critical Autism Studies is a developing area occupying an exciting space of development within learning and teaching in higher education. It has a strong trajectory within the autistic academic and advocate community in resistance and response to the persistence of autism retaining an identity as a genetic disorder of the brain.
Divided into four parts
• Conceptualising autism
• Autistic identity
• Community and culture
• Practice
and comprising 24 newly commissioned chapters written by academics and activists, it explores areas of education, Critical Race Theory, domestic violence and abuse, sexuality, biopolitics, health, and social care practices.
It will be of interest to all scholars and students of disability studies, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, education, health, social care, and political science.

Table of Contents

Chapter One – Critical Autism Studies: An Introduction
Damian Milton and Sara Ryan

Part One: Conceptualising Autism

Chapter Two – First There Is A Mountain, Then There Is No Mountain, Then There Is. Whither Identity?
Larry Arnold

Chapter Three – Critically Contextualising ‘Normal’ Development and the Construction of the Autistic Individual
Charlotte Brownlow, Lindsay O’Dell, and Ding Abawi

Chapter Four – Dimensions of Difference
Dinah Murray

Chapter Five – Heterogeneity and Clustering in Autism: An Introduction for Critical Scholars
Patrick Dwyer

Chapter Six – Rational (Pathological) Demand Avoidance: As a Mental Disorder and an Evolving Social Construct
Richard Woods

Chapter Seven – Community Psychology as Reparations for Violence in the Construction of Autism Knowledge
Monique Botha

Part Two: Autistic Identity

Chapter Eight – Through the Lens of (Black) Critical Race Theory
Melissa Simmonds

Chapter Nine – Postponing Humanity: Pathologising Autism, Childhood and Motherhood
Francesca Bernardi

Chapter Ten – ‘It sort of like gets squared’: Health Professionals’ Understanding of the Intersection of Autism and Gender Diversity in Young People
Magdalena Mikulak

Chapter Eleven – Autistic Young People’s Sense of Self and the Social World: A Challenge to Deficit Focused Characterisations
Emma Rice-Adams

Chapter Twelve – A Personal Account of Neurodiversity, Academia and Activism
Damian E. M. Milton

Part Three: Community and Culture

Chapter Thirteen – ‘Autopia’: A Vision for Autistic Acceptance and Belonging
Luke Beardon

Chapter Fourteen – The Moulin Rouge and the Rouge Moulin: Language, Cartesianism, Republicanism and the Construct of Autism in France
Peter Crosbie

Chapter Fifteen – Support on whose Terms? Competing Meanings of Support Aimed at Autistic People
Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Damian Milton and Lindsay O´Dell

Chapter Sixteen – Critical Autism Parenting
Mitzi Walz

Chapter Seventeen – "Even though I’m on the Spectrum, I’m still capable of falling in love": A Bourdieusian Analysis of Representations of Autism and Sexuality on Love on the Spectrum
Allison Moore

Chapter Eighteen – Seeking Sunflowers: The Biopolitics of Autism at the Airport
Katherine Runswick-Cole and Dan Goodley

Part Four: Practice

Chapter Nineteen – Autistic Identity, Culture, Community, and Space for Well-being
Chloe Farahar

Chapter Twenty – Contemplating Teacher Talk through a Critical Autism Studies Lens
Nick Hodge, Patty Douglas, Madeleine Kruth, Stephen Connolly, Nicola Martin, Kendra Gowler, and Cheryl Smith

Chapter Twenty-one - Models of Helping and Coping with Autism
Steven K. Kapp

Chapter Twenty-two – Critical Approaches to Autism Support Practice: Engaging Situated Reflection and Research
Joseph Long

Chapter Twenty-three – From Disempowerment to Wellbeing and Flow: Enabling Autistic Communication in Schools
Rebecca Wood

Chapter Twenty-four - Autistic Voices in Autistic Research: Towards Active Citizenship in Autism Research
Krysia Emily Waldock and Nathan Keates

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Damian Milton is a Senior Lecturer in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent. Damian’s interest in autism began when his son was diagnosed in 2005 as autistic aged 2 and he was diagnosed with Asperger’s in 2009 aged 36. Damian’s primary focus is on increasing the meaningful participation of autistic people and people with learning disabilities in the research process and chairs the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC).

Sara Ryan is a Professor of Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research focuses on autism, learning disabilities, and marginalised groups.