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Book Review: Joanne Limburg’s Letters to My Weird Sisters: On Autism and Feminism

Letters to My Weird Sisters: On Autism and Feminism

Joanne Limburg

Atlantic Books, 2021. 262 pages.

Although feminist and gender perspectives have been employed to analyse a number of disability-related topics, autism––and neurodiversity more generally––occupies a limited space in the literature. The experiences of adult autistic women, in particular, have been largely under-explored and un-theorised by feminist frameworks. In this …

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Disability Justice and Material Needs: Reflections on the Experiences of Autistic New Yorkers Living Under Covid-19

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As a member of NYU’s Disability Equity in the Time of COVID-19 research team during the summer of 2020[1], I had the opportunity to conduct seven virtual interviews by Zoom or phone with autistic adults living in the New York metro area about their experiences during the pandemic, what our team is calling “COVID Chronicles.” I also conducted …

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Autism in Translation: An Intercultural Conversation on Autism Spectrum Conditions (Eds. Elizabeth Fein and Clarice Rios)

Autism in Translation: An Intercultural Conversation on Autism Spectrum Conditions

Edited by Elizabeth Fein and Clarice Rios

Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 304 pages.

Autism in Translation: An Intercultural Conversation on Autism Spectrum Conditions—an edited collection out of the Society of Psychological Anthropology’s (SPA) Culture, Mind and Society series—aims to contextualize the different social and political histories of, treatments for, and …

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Book Forum––Des Fitzgerald’s Tracing Autism: Uncertainty, Ambiguity, and the Affective Labor of Neuroscience

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Des Fitzgerald writes of his book, Tracing Autism, “This is a book about scientists talking about their own practice, in tones that are beset by ambiguity, uncertainty, complexity, and even some anxiety” (9).  This is true, and after reading the book one might find the description a little understated.  By now the idea that neuroscience, any science, is …

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Bad Surprises

One of the hallmarks of the paranoid style, in Eve Sedgwick’s formulation, is its anticipatory nature. Paranoid reading, says Sedgwick, is defined by an aversion, above all things, to the unexpected. It is marked by a “knowing, anxious… determination that no horror, however apparently unthinkable, shall ever come to the reader as new” (2003, 146). The basis of this determination …

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Beyond “Paranoia” and “Reparation”: Tracing Autism Neuroscience

Des Fitzgerald’s excellent Tracing Autism: Uncertainty, Ambiguity, and the Affective Labor of Neuroscience is not strictly a book about autism. It is, rather, as the author observes, more about neurosciences than it is about autism (171); or drawing on the title, it is more about the activity of “tracing” than about “autism.” Tracing describes the “act of pursuing, enacting and …

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