On non-tourettic accounts of tourette syndrome

Authors: Daniel Philip Jones*, Newcastle University
Topics: Disabilities, Geographic Thought
Keywords: Tourettes, disability, cultural geography
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual 49
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This article highlights key problems that exist within recently published research, and aims to provide some suggestions from somebody who has first-hand experience of living with Tourette Syndrome about how we can continue moving forward with progressing the discipline of human geography. Using previous literature published within the social and natural sciences, the paper explores the necessity of platforming the voices of individuals with Tourette Syndrome in the academic inquiry into the lived experience of the condition. This is done through the critique and comparison of Tourettic and non-tourettic accounts of the condition, considering literature of both academic and non-academic nature, with reference to misinformed and stereotype-based inquiry; the ethical considerations that need to be taken into account when discussing the lived experiences of tourettics; the benefits of platforming the Tourettic voices with nuanced understanding of the condition; and also poses some suggestions moving forward. The paper concludes that the platforming of Tourettic voices is vital not only for the pushing against far-right views and values, but also proves to be a vitality within communities that may consider themselves left-wing, and well-intended in their writing of the lived experiences of Tourette Syndrome.

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