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dc.contributor.advisorHeinemann, Laura L.en_US
dc.contributor.authorKeeney Parks, Stephanieen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-26T18:40:06Z
dc.date.issued2017-04-11en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/112504
dc.description.abstractThis work represents an unapologetic look at the experience of African-American parents of children with autism. It is an attempt to “pull back the curtain” to better understand how parents perceive the diagnosis of autism and navigate culture and clinical spaces. My study is not at all about autism in the sense of the clinical definition or the child diagnosed with autism, but rather the continued effort of parents to traverse two conflicting experiences in the form of clinical culture and African-American culture. The foundation for my thesis is laid out by parents’ use of collective Black English Vernacular in the form of phrases such as “doing the most.” At first glance, these phrases seem to be inconspicuous. However, when they are placed in the context of describing the perceptions of autism, they become acculturative proverbs.|These proverbs do the work of acculturation by transferring the label “autism” from a place of White biomedical understanding to the African-American cultural space. African-American parents move between these conflicting contexts often being forced to assimilate into various forms to enable biocitizenship and cultural citizenship. The use of acculturative proverbs finds its place in the efforts of African-American parents to “emplot” their children into the narratives and scenarios that are culturally appropriate and provide them with better long-term outcomes.en_US
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dc.publisherCreighton Universityen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is retained by the Author. A non-exclusive distribution right is granted to Creighton University and to ProQuest following the publishing model selected above.en_US
dc.titleParenting Autism: An Exploratory Study of The Culture and Experience of African-American Parents of Children Diagnosed with Autismen_US
dc.typeThesis
dc.rights.holderStephanie Keeney Parksen_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraskaen_US
dc.description.noteProQuest Traditional Publishing Optionen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorKeeney Parks, Stephanieen_US
dc.degree.levelMA (Master of Arts)en_US
dc.degree.disciplineMedical Anthropology (graduate program)en_US
dc.degree.nameM.A. in Medical Anthropologyen_US
dc.degree.grantorGraduate Schoolen_US
dc.degree.committeeJohnson, Lashauneen_US
dc.degree.committeeMattingly, Cheryl F.en_US


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