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Adaption or recognition of the autistic subject? - reimagining an autistic work life: deconstructing the notion of ‘real jobs’ within the Swedish neurodiverse movement
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, ISSN 1052-2263, Vol. 37, no 3, 203-212 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Several researchers stress the importance of listening to autistic adults’ own experiences of work and related issues.This paper critically explores an ambivalent discourse of empowerment using notions of employment and work life in the Swedishautistic self-advocacy movement. The discourse analysis is based on articles from the Swedish autistic self-advocacy magazineEmpowerment. In the data, three key themes linked to the notion of work are identified: alternative meanings of a “real job”,formulations of work-related problems, and solutions to these problems. We identify two storylines. The first, more dominantone, we call the recreated norm storyline. This storyline, in line with an individual/medical perspective on autism as deficit,represents autism as causing people with autism to have difficulties finding and keeping jobs in the open labour market and asentailing employment support. The second, counter narrative we call the challenged norm storyline. In line with the social modelof disability, it focuses on structural barriers and discrimination against people with autism on the labour market.

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2012. Vol. 37, no 3, 203-212 p.
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Adults with autism, empowerment, self-advocacy, work, labour market, real jobs, autistic self-advocacy movement
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-63924DOI: 10.3233/JVR-2012-0615OAI: diva2:584650
Available from: 2013-01-09 Created: 2013-01-09 Last updated: 2013-01-14Bibliographically approved

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