Demand-Avoidance Phenomena (“Pathological”/”Extreme” Demand Avoidance): what are the implications of it being a biopower identity?

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Woods, R. (2021). Demand-Avoidance Phenomena (“Pathological”/”Extreme” Demand Avoidance): what are the implications of it being a biopower identity? Disability Research Forum. Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus. Charles Street Building, Room 12.2.19 (This is on the second floor), Howard Street, S1 1WB 12 Dec 2019
AuthorsWoods, R.
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Demand-Avoidance Phenomena (DAP, sometimes called “Pathological Demand Avoidance”) is a proposed mental Disorder. Currently, in the United Kingdom (UK) it is mainly viewed as a “Profile of ASD” to extent it is a “culture-bound concept”. Yet, there is little consideration if this should be the case, and more pertinently, why “DAP Profile of ASD” is a “culture-bound concept” in the UK; considering the broad acknowledgement DAP lacks good quality evidence to suggest what it is and what features are associated with it. This talk explores how DAP’s contested, unstable spikey profile intersects with cultural and societal factors to construct “DAP Profile of ASD”, and in the process how it is used to control various autism stakeholders. Particularly, vulnerable autistic persons and autism caregivers. Thus, show that proposed autism subgroups, including “DAP Profile of ASD” and "Profound Autism" are mainly about politics, and it seems unwise to view DAP as a “Profile of ASD”. There is an urgent for more balanced and accurate information to be provided to autism stakeholders, and especially vulnerable groups.

This talk builds on some of our previous work on DAP. Specifically, these talks:
1) Rational (Pathological) Demand Avoidance: what it is not, what it could be & what it does.
A link to it below:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/325181432_Rational_Patholog...
2) Demand-Avoidance Phenomena (“Pathological”/ “Extreme” Demand Avoidance): As a biopower identity?
A link to it below:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/355427579_Demand-Avoidance_...

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