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Feeling Autism Neuroscience

Des Fitzgerald’s new book, Tracing Autism, has a little something for everyone. Readers in the fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS), sociology of science, feminist theory, neuroscience, not to mention the social study of autism, will find much to incite further reflection and debate.

Indeed, one of the strengths of Tracing Autism is its ability to speak to …

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Social Science vs. Neuroscience? Epistemologies and Stereotypes

It just seems so much at odds with the idea of the coldly reductive neurobiological imperialist, marching unblinking toward her epistemological destiny – at least as we have come to imagine the prototypical neuroscientists in the social sciences. Obviously I caricature here. But still, what happened to our single-minded, all-conquering neuroeducer? (96-97)

 

Tracing Autism

What, indeed, happened to the …

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What Can We Do with Uncertainty?

I always seem to be having lunch with neuroscientists. I’m not entirely sure why – maybe it’s simply because it fits into our shared professional, adult schedules that make a noontime meeting particularly convenient. And this time Dr. Gibson and I are talking about his lab’s most recent experiments, attempts to measure the emotional experiences individuals have as they are …

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The Unicorn and the Trash Bag: A Defense of Wariness

Reading Des Fitzgerald’s Tracing Autism: Uncertainty, Ambiguity and the Affective Labor of Neuroscience brought me more fully into contact with my own range of scholarly affect. I read it for the first time on an airplane, and was dimly curious about what the passenger in the seat next to me might be making of my sporadic chortles and chuckle-snorts and …

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Being Seen: An Interview with Anlor Davin

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In the early years of the 21st century, Ian Hacking wrote a series of essays on the theme of autistic subjectivity. These eclectic, occasional essays were, he later told Andrew Lakoff, a final phase of his decades-long “making up people” project. As with other phases of this research, which dated back to the 1980s, and which included works

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Autism Spectrum Disorders in Global, Local and Personal Perspective: a conference report

Last September, a group of scholars gathered at the State University of Rio de Janeiro for “Autism Spectrum Disorders in Global, Local and Personal Perspective: A Cross-Cultural Workshop”. The event was organized by Clarice Rios, a postdoctoral fellow at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, and Elizabeth Fein, a professor of psychology at Duquesne University, and funded by the …

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