Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, is the subject of this website which is having a debate about poststructuralism and social construction. It would be of interest to people like Ian Hacking, who as I wrote in an earlier post has made a study of autism and the idea of “making up people.”
Has anyone given thought to Michel Foucault’s concept of social construction? So, to Foucault, both sex (male<->female) and sexual orientation (heterosexual<->homosexual) were constructions and were maintained by those in positions of power. In other words, sex and sexual orientation do not exist, per se. They are, rather, simply names used, as part of our social narratives or discourses, to reinforce existing power structures.
Similarly, there has been considerable debate over AS. Is it high-functioning autism? Is it a separate condition on the spectrum of pervasive developmental “disorders”? Currently, the American Psychiatric Association is considering placing AS under a new category of Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders in its upcoming DSM-V codebook.
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