Palgrave Studies In Play, Performance, Learning, and Development

Creativity and Community among Autism-Spectrum Youth

Creating Positive Social Updrafts through Play and Performance

Editors: Smagorinsky, Peter (Ed.)

  • Highly original contributions to the field of disability, critical disability, and post-disability studies
  • Shares successful practices for supporting creative play and performance and constructing communities of inclusion for people of atypical neurological makeups
  • Introduces to a broader audience the potential of positive social updrafts to help youth of mental health difference to navigate their worlds with greater confidence and support
  • Interdisciplinary examination of autism through lenses of education, psychology, and performance studies
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This edited volume explores the roles of socially-channeled play and performance in the developmental trajectories of young people who fall on the autism spectrum. The contributors offer possibilities for channels of activity through which youth on the autism spectrum may find acceptance, affirmation, and kinship with others. "Positive social updraft" characterizes the social channels through which people of difference might be swept up into broader cultural currents such that they feel valued, appreciated, and empowered. These currents not only have an upward motion themselves, they also catch other elements in their draft and carry them up in their flow. A social updraft provides cultural meditational means that include people in a current headed "upward," allowing people of atypical makeups to become fully involved in significant cultural activity that brings them a feeling of social belonging.

About the authors

Peter Smagorinsky is Distinguished Research Professor of English Education at The University of Georgia, USA. His research considers the notion of “mental health” in terms of cultivating the assets of people of anomalous frames of mind.

Reviews

“This book is written from a commitment to social justice and respect for the values of diversity and difference. With its motto ‘mediation instead of medication,’ the book offers fresh insights into the role of social context in the development of people diagnosed with various ‘disorders.’  This is a much welcome journey at a time when too many scholars believe in narrowly based, instrumentalist solutions for the quandaries we face.” (Anna Stetsenko, Professor, Psychology/Human Development and Urban Education, The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, USA)

“This book provides a much needed breathe of fresh air in conversations about Autism.  In this edited volume,  Smagorinsky has put together a set of chapters that challenge current conceptions of deficits, diagnosis, and disorder by providing multiple examples of the human capacity to play, perform, and collectively create new forms of life that are not over-determined by the societal identities and labels that keep everyone from developing.” (Carrie Lobman, Associate Professor of Education, Rutgers University, USA)

“This groundbreaking book heralds the end of the shameful era in which young autistic persons are subjected to traumatic Behaviorist ‘therapies’ to make them conform to non-autistic norms. Smagorinsky and colleagues offer exciting new practices to foster genuine, long-term well-being and empowerment in autistic youth.” (Nick Walker, autistic author, educator, speaker, and aikido teacher)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Smagorinsky, Peter

    Pages 3-31

  • Toward a Social Understanding of Mental Health

    Smagorinsky, Peter

    Pages 33-49

  • Adaptation as Reciprocal Dynamic

    Smagorinsky, Peter

    Pages 51-76

  • Social Therapy and Family Play

    LaCerva, Christine

    Pages 79-103

  • Shakespeare and Autism: Reenvisioning Expression, Communication, and Inclusive Communities

    Post, Robin

    Pages 105-128

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eBook $79.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $100.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Creativity and Community among Autism-Spectrum Youth
Book Subtitle
Creating Positive Social Updrafts through Play and Performance
Editors
  • Peter Smagorinsky
Series Title
Palgrave Studies In Play, Performance, Learning, and Development
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54797-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54797-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54796-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 301
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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