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Representing AutismCulture, Narrative, Fascination$
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Stuart Murray

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310911

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314667

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Boys and girls, men and women

Boys and girls, men and women

(p.139) Chapter 4 Boys and girls, men and women
Representing Autism
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This chapter addresses the questions of age and gender. It shows the urge to discuss autism by seeing it in terms of connections between men is very strong. Barbara Jacobs' Loving Mr Spock presents a curious association between an idea of childhood and one of masculinity. Little Green Man and About A Boy outline the idea of male accountability. The New York Times magazine presents an article that specifically covers issues of autism as they relate to girls and women. This chapter suggests that ideas about family have become central to an idea of what autism is in the present than the traditional association between the condition and gender.

Keywords:   age, gender, autism, Barbara Jacobs, Loving Mr Spock, Little Green Man, About A Boy, masculinity, New York Times

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