Mapping the social geographies of autism – online and off-line narratives of neuro-shared and separate spaces

  title={Mapping the social geographies of autism – online and off-line narratives of neuro-shared and separate spaces},
  author={Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist and Charlotte Brownlow and Lindsay O’Dell},
  journal={Disability \& Society},
  pages={367 - 379}
This paper draws together empirical work that has been produced by the authors in two different autistic spaces: the Swedish magazine Empowerment produced by and aimed at adults with autism, and English-speaking autistic communities online. While the two points of data collection are quite different, there are important points of commonality that enable us to explore central issues concerning autistic and neurotypical space and the meanings assigned to these in different contexts. The paper… 

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  • 2010
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