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Personhood Consciousness: A Child-Ability-Centered Approach to Sociomusical Healing and Autism Spectrum “Disorders”

Benjamin D. Koen, Michael B. Bakan, Fred Kobylarz, Lindee Morgan, Rachel Goff, Sally Kahn and Megan Bakan

in The Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199756261
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199756261.013.0019
 Personhood Consciousness: A Child-Ability-Centered Approach to Sociomusical Healing and Autism Spectrum “Disorders”

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Historically, research across disciplines has largely focused on the pathology of autism at the expense of the person who has autism, which, in part, perpetuates the notion that the pathology and the person are one and the same. This article builds upon the theory of personhood to propose an alternative epistemology for autism research that shifts the focus from a disease-based perspective to a person-based one. It explores this in the context of an applied medical ethnomusicology program: the Music-Play Project at FSU, which aims to benefit children with autism spectrum disorders. It limits itself to a discussion of certain aspects of the ontological grounding that is essential for any research that engages human beings—namely, a nurturing of personhood consciousness.

Keywords: autism; pathology; epistemology; disease-based perspective; Music-Play Project

Article.  9791 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Ethnomusicology

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