Deaf studies meets autistic studies

Autor/a: FRIEDNER, Michele; BLOCK, Pamela
Año: 2017
Editorial: The Senses and Society, Vol. 12, nº 3 (2017) pp. 282–300
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Comunidad y cultura sorda


What might deaf studies and autistic studies have in common? Why, in many cases, is deafness considered to be a norm to be analyzed through linguistic and cultural frameworks, while autism is (still) seen as pathological? Utilizing ethnographic research, participation in two conferences on autism and sign language, and an analysis of deaf peoples’ and autistic peoples’ self-(re)presentation, we attend to sensory solidarities that might exist between deaf and autistic people, communities, and studies. We argue that an analysis of the two fields side-by-side offers important insights into new ways of conceptualizing sociality, identity, and community both in the specific cases of deafness and autism, and more broadly. Additionally, attending to deaf and autistic peoples’ language and communication desires and practices opens up analytic and empirical space for considering interdependent and multimodal communicative approaches.