Outline of Sorts (Almost guaranteed is going to change!

The following is an outline for my thesis of sorts that is most likely going to change once I actually start writing the thesis (as compared to the proposal).

  • Chapter 1 – My proposal (Hehe, I will have already written this)
  • Chapter 2 – Rhetorical analysis of several Autism $peaks documents looking at:
    • how they represent autism
    • how they narrate autism
    • how their narration and representation of autism impact the image, or identity, of autism
    • how all of this impacts the agency allowed to autistic people
  • Chapter 3 – Genesis Ideology of Autism $peaks
    • Michel Foucault’s concepts of genealogy and archaeology are macro, but to do this, we need:
      • Latour’s Black Box combined with Burke’s Terministic Screens
    • Input (blackbox) Output [this is VERY tentative] for Autism $peaks
      • Different way of using language to empathize with the world (normality) Difference [with a capital “D”]
      • Difference (science) abnormality
      • abnormality (science) disability
      • disability (ableism) Other [this is the black box that differentiates Autism $peaks from Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, but that’s for a later point]
      • Other (science) Autism
      • Autism (Ableistic science) Theory of Mind
      • Theory of Mind (advocacy) Autism Speaks
      • Autism Speaks (Ableistic advocacy) “Advocacy”
    • I will probably go from the last to the first for this part without the black boxes.
    • Then, I will include the black boxes by going the way the way that was written
  • Chapter 4 – Counter-example: Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (same structure as chapter 2)
  • Chapter 5 – Genesis Ideology of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
      • Different way of using language to empathize with the world (normality) Difference [with a capital “D”]
      • Difference (science) abnormality
      • abnormality (science) disability
      • disability (science) Autism
      • Autism (advocacy) Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
      • Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (advocacy) Advocacy
  • The Arguments
    • Main Argument
      • Autism as Other vs. Autism as Difference influences the representation, narrative, identity, and agency of autism and, subsequently, autistic people.
    • Secondary Argument
      • Ableistic Science leads to Ableistic Advocacy

Again, this is very rough, so it is very likely to change!

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  1. My website is in development – no seo yet. I am not joining argument against autspeaks, yet…Better for me to be an example…much to tell. *60 yrs of bs because I have AS.* Complete discrimination bc the problem is “mine”. No so, I will argue. My hypothesis: autism reflects what is wrong outside of us.

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