Building on work in feminist studies, queer studies and critical race theory, this volume challenges the universality of propositions about human nature, by questioning the boundaries between predominant neurotypes and ‘others’, including dyslexics, autistics and ADHDers.

This is the first work of its kind to bring cutting-edge research across disciplines to the concept of neurodiversity. It offers in-depth explorations of the themes of cure/prevention/eugenics; neurodivergent wellbeing; cross-neurotype communication; neurodiversity at work; and challenging brain-bound cognition. It analyses the role of neuro-normativity in theorising agency, and a proposal for a new alliance between the Hearing Voices Movement and neurodiversity. In doing so, we contribute to a cultural imperative to redefine what it means to be human. To this end, we propose a new field of enquiry that finds ways to support the inclusion of neurodivergent perspectives in knowledge production, and which questions the theoretical and mythological assumptions that produce the idea of the neurotypical.

Working at the crossroads between sociology, critical psychology, medical humanities, critical disability studies, and critical autism studies, and sharing theoretical ground with critical race studies and critical queer studies, the proposed new field – neurodiversity studies – will be of interest to people working in all these areas.

Chapter 7 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 

chapter |11 pages


ByHanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Anna Stenning, Nick Chown

part I|42 pages

Curing neurodivergence/eugenics

chapter Chapter 1|12 pages

The production of the ‘normal’ child

Neurodiversity and the commodification of parenting
ByMitzi Waltz

chapter Chapter 2|12 pages

Language games used to construct autism as pathology

ByNick Chown

chapter Chapter 3|16 pages

Is there an ethical case for the prevention and/or cure of autism?

ByVirginia Bovell

part II|34 pages

Neurodivergent wellbeing

chapter Chapter 4|16 pages

Neurodiversity, disability, wellbeing

ByRobert Chapman

chapter Chapter 5|16 pages

Neurodiversity in a neurotypical world

An enactive framework for investigating autism and social institutions
ByAlan Jurgens

part III|52 pages

Cross-neurotype communication

chapter Chapter 6|17 pages

Neurodiversity and cross-cultural communication

ByAlyssa Hillary

chapter Chapter 7|17 pages

Understanding empathy through a study of autistic life writing

On the importance of neurodivergent morality
ByAnna Stenning
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chapter Chapter 8|16 pages

Sensory strangers

Travels in normate sensory worlds
ByDavid Jackson-Perry, Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Jenn Layton Annable, Marianthi Kourti

part IV|50 pages

Neurodiversity at work

chapter Chapter 9|13 pages

Practical scholarship

Optimising beneficial research collaborations between autistic scholars, professional services staff, and ‘typical academics’ in UK universities
ByNicola Martin

chapter Chapter 10|16 pages

Designing an autistic space for research

Exploring the impact of context, space, and sociality in autistic writing processes
ByHanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Linda Örulv, Serena Hasselblad, Dennis Hansson, Kirke Nilsson, Hajo Seng

chapter Chapter 11|19 pages

How individuals and institutions can learn to make room for human cognitive diversity

A personal perspective from my life in neuroscience
ByMatthew K. Belmonte

part V|19 pages

Challenging brain-bound cognition

chapter Chapter 12|17 pages

Understanding autistic individuals

Cognitive diversity not theoretical deficit
ByInês Hipólito, Daniel D. Hutto, Nick Chown

part VI|19 pages

Moving forwards

chapter Chapter 13|5 pages

Neuronormativity in theorising agency

An argument for a critical neurodiversity approach
ByDieuwertje Dyi Huijg

chapter Chapter 14|3 pages

Defining neurodiversity for research and practice

ByRobert Chapman

chapter Chapter 15|5 pages

A new alliance?

The Hearing Voices Movement and neurodiversity
ByAkiko Hart

chapter Chapter 16|4 pages

Neurodiversity studies

Proposing a new field of inquiry
ByHanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Anna Stenning, Nick Chown