Architectures of oppression: Perceptions of individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome in the Republic of Armenia

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Abstract

This paper presents a phenomenographic analysis of perceptions of individuals with Asperger's syndrome in the Republic of Armenia. The primary objective was to apply and develop existing theory in a unique national context and across a broader respondent group than in previous studies. As such, the research compares and contrasts the views expressed by individuals with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEN/D), the parents of individuals with SEN/D and lay members of the public. Social comparison models developed by Hedley and Young (2006), Huws and Jones (2015) and Locke (2014) are utilised as lenses through which to analyse the conceptions, attitudes and beliefs of each respondent group. The particular social, cultural and political history of Armenia offers an insight into the challenges of, and opportunities for, autism research in the former Soviet Union.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-131
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Research in Special Educational Needs
Volume17
Issue number2
Early online date5 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Asperger's syndrome
  • attitudes
  • perceptions
  • social comparison

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    Armenian teachers’ dichotomous perspectives on children with high-functioning autism

    ALLAN, DAVID., HALLETT, FIONA. & Hallett, G., 31 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs. 20, 2, 33 p., JRS3_12469.

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