The doing and undoing of the “autistic child”: Cutting together and apart interview-based empirical materials

Alessandra Frigerio, Angelo Benozzo, Rachel Holmes, Katherine Runswick-Cole

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Abstract

This article discusses how posthuman and new materialist theories afford us opportunities to rethink the production of the “autistic child,” drawing on a qualitative research project on parenthood in the context of childhood disability in Italy. We will put some Baradian’s key concepts (intra-action, agential cut and cutting together-apart) to work in glancing at the complexities we keep encountering when a mother, Arianna, describes her relationship with her daughter Laura. The aim of this article is twofold: first, to methodologically re-turn the production of the “autistic child,” and second, to rethink and unsettle the dichotomies that constitute some children as “disabled human beings,” abnormal, and undesirable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-402
Number of pages13
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Volume24
Issue number6
Early online date19 Nov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018

Keywords

  • autism
  • cutting together-apart
  • interview
  • new materialism
  • posthuman

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