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On Neurodiversity and Popular Culture

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Sameeksha Trust

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Campus : Amritapuri

Center : AI and Disability Studies, AmritaCREATE

Year : 2023

Abstract : Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022) is a South Korean series directed by Yoo In-shik that is currently streaming on Netflix. This slice-of-life and legal drama is from the perspective of a neurodivergent female protagonist, attorney Woo Young-woo. It addresses the many issues that neurotypical people are often curious about but are hesitant to address assuming it is inappropriate to ask (or broach the topic). A culture of silence leads to missing out on opportunities to address, lessen stigma, and break down various social barriers. Young-woo is the first autistic lawyer to graduate from and top a prestigious South Korean national university. When meeting anyone new, she introduces herself as an autistic person, which is often met with scepticism. Her capabilities are doubted since any divergence from neuronormative preferences is viewed as a deficit rather than a difference, reinforcing the medical model of disability.

Cite this Research Publication : Rajlakshmi Kanjilal, "On Neurodiversity and Popular Culture." Economic and Political Weekly (2023): 58(6), 64-65, Sameeksha Trust

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