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"It's like you are just a spectator in this thing": experiencing social life the 'aspie' way

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This study explores the experiences of people with Asperger syndrome (AS) from a sociological perspective using the theoretical approaches of ethnomethodology and symbolic interactionism. In-depth interviews were conducted with 16 people with AS and three key themes of feeling different, trying to fit in and safe spaces are considered here. We suggest that people with AS develop a different symbolic capacity to most people and have difficulties in making sense of social encounters. While thes...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
DIPEx Health Experiences Research Unit
Department:
Medical Sciences Division - Public Health - Primary Care
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
DIPEx Health Experiences Research Unit
Department:
Medical Sciences Division - Public Health - Primary Care
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Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Emotion, Space and Society Journal website
Volume:
1
Issue:
2
Pages:
135-143
Publication date:
2008-12-05
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ISSN:
1755-4586
URN:
uuid:fd547848-d17f-47b3-a8cd-9ac81dc7ec42
Local pid:
ora:4318

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