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    'Us' and 'them': the limits and possibilities of a 'politics of neurodiversity' in neoliberal times

    Runswick-Cole, K ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9658-9718 (2014) 'Us' and 'them': the limits and possibilities of a 'politics of neurodiversity' in neoliberal times. Disability and Society, 29 (7). pp. 1117-1129. ISSN 0968-7599

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    Abstract

    The neurodiversity movement claims that there are neurological differences in the human population, and that autism is a natural variation among humans - not a disease or a disorder, just 'a difference'. A 'politics of neurodiversity' is based on the claim that the 'neurodiverse' population constitutes a political grouping comparable with those of class, gender, sexuality or race. This paper considers the limits and possibilities of neurodiverse political activism, and concludes by calling for a politics of identity that does not depend on a politics of 'us' and 'them'. © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

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