Contrasting Political Ontologies of Neurodiversity in High-Concussion-Risk Rural Cultures

Dan Clegg, Samuel D. Rocha


In this paper we will integrate two models of political ontology (Blaser, 2009; Rocha, 2015) with the concept of neurodiversity (Fenton & Krahn, 2007; Glannon, 2007a, 2007b) to produce an analysis that we will apply to the case of high-concussion-risk rural cultures. This will show that there are hidden culturally imperial hazards in the medicalization of socially constructed norms of health (Illich, 2001), and that groups with members of differing, but culturally syntonic, neurologies possess equal-but-different functionality as healthy human people.


politics, ontology, rural, neurodiversity, concussion

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