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Brendan Hart


Notes on Inequalities in Autism Activism and Care in Morocco

[Image by Jesse Neider/Farzyat.]

“Autistic,” “Crazy,” and Other Conflicting Categories We typically think of autism activism as awareness raising or political lobbying. These are no doubt important aspects of it, and my Moroccan friends spend much time engaged in such work. But more than anything, autism activism in Morocco is a project in world-making, an attempt to create novel spaces and institutions for – as well as to cultivate new dispositions toward – people who might otherwise be considered crazy ...

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PhD candidate in sociomedical sciences at Columbia University in New York. He holds a B.A. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Michigan and an M.Phil and an M.A. in sociomedical sciences from Columbia University. He is currently writing his dissertation based on two years of ethnographic research on autism activism and expertise in Morocco. His recent publications include “How parents of autistic children became ‘experts on their own children’: Notes towards a sociology of expertise” (with Gil Eyal, Berkeley Journal of Sociology, 54, 3-17, 2010) and The autism matrix: The social origins of the autism epidemic (with Gil Eyal, Emine Onculer, Natasha Rossi, and Neta Oren, Polity Press, 2010). The Autism Matrix was awarded the 2012 Robert K. Merton book award by the Science, Knowledge and Technology section of the American Sociological Association.