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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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In our time: families and sentiments

In our time: families and sentiments

(p.168) Chapter 5 In our time: families and sentiments
Representing Autism
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This chapter reports the narrative that surrounds the ‘catastrophe’ of a parent discovering their child has autism. It also investigates narrative that concentrates on how ideas of family and morality are frequently the content of its concerns. The complex connection between autism and ideas of the family is reviewed. This chapter reveals the rise in the role of the parent as the figure who ‘treats’ the autism of their child. It suggests that the contribution of the person with autism is probably the most interesting in the contemporary narratives of autistic families.

Keywords:   autism, autistic families, morality, parent, child

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