Becoming quixotic? A discussion on the discursive construction of disability and how this is maintained through social relations

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Cockain, A. 2014. Becoming quixotic? A discussion on the discursive construction of disability and how this is maintained through social relations. Disability & Society. 29 (9), pp. 1473-1485. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2014.953245
AuthorsCockain, A.
Abstract

Using an autoethnographic approach, this paper focuses upon interactions between ‘Paul’ (a pseudonym), whose symptoms associated with ‘severe learning difficulties’ are such that he is positioned on the low-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, his carers and others, in spaces taken for granted to be ‘public’ in both the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. This paper examines how social discourses relating to disability filter into social interactions, ultimately constructing the symptoms they purport to represent. This paper concludes by highlighting how interactions might be viewed as enabling rather than disabling, as producing spaces for thinking about the human condition.

KeywordsAutism; Autism Spectrum Disorder; ASD; Learning difficulties; Disabled people; Autistic people; Society
Year2014
JournalDisability & Society
Journal citation29 (9), pp. 1473-1485
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0968-7599
1360-0508
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2014.953245
Official URLhttps://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2014.953245
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Online23 Sep 2014
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Accepted19 Jul 2014
Deposited11 Oct 2021
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