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Dimensions of Autistic Culture (Episode 23)

Dimensions of Autistic Culture (Episode 23)

Ever wonder why Autistics are so blunt? We apply Gert Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory to Autistic Culture and find out!

Autistic podcast hosts discuss: Dimensions of autistic culture. Autism podcast | Ever wonder why Autistics are so blunt? We apply Gert Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory to Autistic Culture and find out!
A: The uncertainty is what leads to the behaviors that lead to the patholization. Get rid of that, and we just have a town that runs on time.

In this episode of The Autistic Culture Podcast:

If you’ve been asking yourself, “Am I Autistic?” and Google searching “Autism checklist” and “Autism quiz,” then, this is a great episode for you! More effective than a quiz designed by allistics, join us on a virtual culture trip to Autistica and see if you feel belonging in our culture!

People on the autism spectrum are known for their straight forward communication style, but what’s behind that approach? There are six cultural dimensions that create our directness (sometimes called rude by allistics), our rebellion against change (called rigidity by allistics), and our passion for equality. Angela and Matt dive into established science on what makes a culture a culture.

Most cultural studies are focused on nations, but in this episode, the podcast hosts look at how the six core dimensions of culture apply to Autistic Culture as a diaspora. Based on the work of Gert Hofstede, a Dutch social psychologist, the hosts explore how culture shapes our understanding of the world and our communication styles as Autistics.

They go through 6 main cultural dimensions: individualism vs collectivism, power distance, uncertainty avoidance, masculinity vs femininity (now called gender egalitarianism), long term orientation vs short term orientation, and indulgence vs restraint.

“ So, I love comparing Autistic people across cultures to see what this base, what is at its center, what does it mean to be Autistic? If we had our own country of Autistica, what would our language be? What would our values be? What are the commonalities across all of these cultures that you find on every single continent—because again, I guarantee you that there are autistic people in Antarctica doing research right now.” –Matt

For each dimension, they analyze where Autistic culture seems to fall on the spectrum compared to national cultures. For example, autism appears more collectivist than individualistic. Other dimensions explored include assertiveness, orientation to time, gender roles, and outcome vs relationship focus.

Understanding autism through a cultural lens provides an alternative to the dominant medical model focused on deficits and pathology. Looking at autism as a culture with its own dimensions allows celebration of neurodiversity and the many contributions of Autistic individuals throughout history.

“Japanese people have trouble understanding American people. American people have trouble understanding Japanese people. And when we have cultural exchanges or extended travel, we talk about culture shock. Imagine living every day, all day, your entire life in culture shock over and over and over again. You can see how that might be traumatizing and lead to what look like ‘symptoms of autism’ that are symptoms of what I would say are culture shock—repeated chronic culture shock.” –Angela

Throughout the episode, Matt and Angela discuss the challenges that cultural differences can create and offer practical advice on how to work through the differences while celebrating the unique nature and dimensions of Autistic Culture.

Do you agree with Matt and Angela’s assessment of the dimensions of Autistic Culture? Tell us why or why not in the comments!

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Cultural Differences in Communication [With Examples]

A Guide for Cultural Differences in Communication

4 Types of Communication Styles | Alvernia University Online

Cultural Differences

The 6 dimensions model of national culture by Geert Hofstede

Core set of autism traits shows up in diverse cultures | Spectrum | Autism Research News

Should Autists Have Cultural Rights? | SpringerLink

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Welcome to the Autistic Culture Podcast. Each episode we dive deep into Autistic contributions to society and culture by introducing you to some of the world’s most famous and successful Autistics in history!
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