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"What's the point in having friends?" reformulating notions of friends and friendship for adults with autism.

Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Hanna; Brownlow, Charlotte and O'Dell, Lindsay (2015). "What's the point in having friends?" reformulating notions of friends and friendship for adults with autism. Disability Studies Quarterly, 35(4)

URL: http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/3254
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Abstract

In this paper we discuss the notion of 'autistic friendship'. Drawing on articles published in the Swedish advocacy magazine Empowerment, written for and by autistic people, a thematic analysis explores two interrelated themes: the meaning and performance of friendship in non-autistic (NT) and autistic (AS) worlds and the meaning of space in social interaction and community. Articles published in the magazine frequently discuss autistic only spaces as safe places in which to make friends with other autistic people and also in which to perhaps learn how to manage social interactions with the dominant non-autistic (NT) culture.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Authors
ISSN: 2159-8371
Keywords: autism; neurologically typical; friendship
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Other Departments > Research and Academic Strategy
Other Departments
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 45288
Depositing User: Lindsay O'Dell
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2016 10:19
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2019 10:41
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/45288
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