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Living on the Spectrum: Autism and Youth in Community

Elizabeth Fein


Autism is a deeply contested condition. To some, it is a devastating invader, robbing families of their children and sufferers of their personhood. To others, it is a form of neurodiversity, a fundamental and often valued aspect of identity that is more similar to race or gender than to disease states. How do young people coming of age with an autism spectrum diagnosis make sense of this conflict in the context of their own developing identity? The book addresses this question through sustained ethnographic engagement, informed by both clinical psychology and anthropology, within communities w ... More

Keywords: Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Youth, Neurodiversity, Identity, Clinical ethnography, Ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479864355
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479864355.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Fein, author
Duquesne University