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Being, Knowing, and Doing: Importing Theoretical Toolboxes for Autism Studies

Rosqvist, Hanna Bertilsdotter, Botha, Monique, Hens, Kristien, O'Donoghue, Sarinah, Pearson, Amy and Stenning, Anna (2023) Being, Knowing, and Doing: Importing Theoretical Toolboxes for Autism Studies. Autism in Adulthood, 5 (1). pp. 15-23. ISSN 2573-9581

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The aim of this paper was to think with and elaborate on theories developed outside of autism research and the autistic community, and through this support the production of new autistic-led theories; theories and concepts based on autistic people´s own embodied experiences and the social worlds we inhabit. The paper consists of three different sections all of part of the overall umbrella, Being, knowing and doing: Importing theoretical toolboxes for autism studies. In each section we import useful concepts from elsewhere and tailor them to autism studies. Throughout, we mingle our own autoethnographic accounts and shared discourse in relation to research accounts and theories. Illustrating being, we explore and discuss the possibilities of critical realism in autism studies. Illustrating knowing, we explore and discuss the possibilities of standpoint theory in autism studies. Finally, illustrating doing, we explore and discuss the possibilities of neurocosmopolitics including epistemic (in)justice in autism studies. Our proposal here is for an epistemic shift towards neurodiverse collaboration. We are inviting non-autistic people to work with, not on, us, aiming at to make autism research more ethical, breaking down bureaucratic structures, and questioning poor theory and shoddy methodology. Acknowledging intersecting axes of oppression in which an individual seeks to re-negotiate and re-imagine what it means to belong, also means to understand what needs changing in society, as it is and how we might do things differently.

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Additional Information: Unmapped bibliographic data: JO - Autism in adulthood [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled Keywords: neurodivergent, autistic-led theories, knowledge production, epistemic justice, critical realism, standpoint theory
Depositing User: Amy Pearson


Item ID: 15921
ISSN: 2573-9581

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Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2023 12:38
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2023 12:38


Author: Amy Pearson ORCID iD
Author: Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist
Author: Monique Botha
Author: Kristien Hens
Author: Sarinah O'Donoghue
Author: Anna Stenning

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Psychology


Psychology > Psychology

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