The Doing and Undoing of the “Autistic Child”:Cutting Together and Apart Interview-Based Empirical Materials

Frigerio, Alessandra, Benozzo, Angelo, Holmes, Rachel and Runswick-Cole, Katherine (2018) The Doing and Undoing of the “Autistic Child”:Cutting Together and Apart Interview-Based Empirical Materials. Qualitative Inquiry, 24 (6). pp. 390-402. ISSN 1077-8004

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Abstract

This article discusses how posthuman and new materialist theories afford us opportunities to rethink the production of the “autistic child,” drawing on a qualitative research project on parenthood in the context of childhood disability in Italy. We will put some Baradian’s key concepts (intra-action, agential cut and cutting together-apart) to work in glancing at the complexities we keep encountering when a mother, Arianna, describes her relationship with her daughter Laura. The aim of this article is twofold: first, to methodologically re-turn the production of the “autistic child,” and second, to rethink and unsettle the dichotomies that constitute some children as “disabled human beings,” abnormal, and undesirable.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: autism,cutting together-apart,interview,new materialism,posthuman,anthropology,social sciences (miscellaneous) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3314
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2019 09:30
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2020 01:27
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/70041
DOI: 10.1177/1077800417735132

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