This piece dialogically makes methodological, theoretical, and substantive contributions to existing literature on autoethnography, Foucault and queer temporality studies, and autism. The text is based on ethnographic observations from a psych education class for adults diagnosed with autism and an interview with a psychologist who teaches the class. A layered account approach is used to explore the emergent lived experience of time and space for people diagnosed with autism. The concept of chrononormativity serves as a starting point for understanding the autism experience and a springboard for the introduction of an analytical concept that I term toponormativity.
Performing Autism through a Layered Account: Exploring the Ambiguity of Normative Time and Space
Vigdis Stokker Jensen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Bergen, Norway. A portion of this article was presented at the PhD course “Normality and pathology in a biomedical age,” with Nikolas Rose in April 2014 at Aalborg University, Denmark. This piece is part of my forthcoming PhD dissertation Autism: Corporeal practices in Uncertain Environments. Throughout the writing process, Gry Heggli and Svend Brinkmann have given valuable feedback that has contributed to making the text what it is today. I express my gratitude to these scholars. To the editor and reviewers of this journal, I will forever be grateful for their encouragement to stay with the text until it became what I wanted it to be and for their invaluable comments in the revision processes. Correspondence to: Vigdis Stokker Jensen, Department of Education, University of Bergen, Postbox 7807, 5020 Bergen, Norway. Email: email@example.com.
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Vigdis Stokker Jensen; Performing Autism through a Layered Account: Exploring the Ambiguity of Normative Time and Space. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2017; 6 (1): 72–94. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2017.6.1.72
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