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Parental voices and controversies in autism

Langan, Mary (2011). Parental voices and controversies in autism. Disability & Society, 26(2) pp. 193–205.

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Parents of children with autism have played a prominent role in controversies surrounding this condition. Parental voices were critical in challenging the ‘refrigerator mother’ theory and more recently have attracted public attention for claims that autism may be caused by childhood vaccinations and that ‘unorthodox biomedical’ treatments may enable some children to ‘recover’ from autism. Over the past decade, some parents have rejected this approach, making common cause with people with conditions on the autistic spectrum who repudiate the quest for treatments and ‘cures’. Through a study of parental accounts, this paper examines how parental voices have contributed to the evolving official discourse around autism as well as to public awareness of the condition.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1360-0508
Keywords: autism; 'refrigerator mother'; psychogenic; 'unorthodox biomedical'; neurodiversity
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 26827
Depositing User: Mary Langan
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2011 15:39
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:57
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