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Doing it differently: emancipatory autism studies within a neurodiverse academic space

Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Hanna; Kourti, Marianthi; Jackson-Perry, David; Brownlow, Charlotte; Fletcher, Kirsty; Bendelman, Daniel and O'Dell, Lindsay (2019). Doing it differently: emancipatory autism studies within a neurodiverse academic space. Disability & Society, 34(7-8) pp. 1082–1101.

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In the current research climate, in which many autistic and autism communities are increasingly calling for a move towards collaborative forms of research, we consider how a loosely formed epistemological community may serve to challenge ‘business as usual’ in the academy. Mindful of the need to move beyond theory, we use this experience to concretely consider how knowledge about autism and neurotypicality can be meaningfully (co)-produced, and made available both to the research community and also to autistic and autism communities. Here, we use our own co-production of this article to explore how autistic experience may trouble normative meanings of academic knowledge production. We also consider the limits and possibilities of a neurodiverse research collaboration to reflect on ways in which a loose epistemological space may serve to contribute to knowledge about both autism and neurotypicality, adding to debate around collaborative research.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 The Authors
ISSN: 1360-0508
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Critical autism network: Policy, practice and identities in 5 national contextsIN-2014-035LEVERHULME The Leverhulme Trust
Keywords: Autism; emancipatory research; participatory research; advocacy; neurodiversity; co-production
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Other Departments > Research and Academic Strategy
Other Departments
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 61023
Depositing User: Lindsay O'Dell
Date Deposited: 09 May 2019 12:39
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2020 21:52
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