Orchestrating voices: autism, identity and the power of discourse

  title={Orchestrating voices: autism, identity and the power of discourse},
  author={Nancy Bagatell},
  journal={Disability \& Society},
  pages={413 - 426}
  • N. Bagatell
  • Published 1 June 2007
  • Sociology
  • Disability & Society
Constructing identities is a highly social, ongoing process. For individuals with disabilities this process can be particularly challenging, given the powerful negative discourses of disability. While there has been some attention given to the issue of identity and disability, there has been little attention paid to the process of identity construction for individuals with autism, in large part because of the assumption that social worlds hold little importance. This ethnographic study, which… 
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