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MACHADO, Márcia F. Lombo  and  ANSARA, Soraia. From extras to actors: the collective in the struggle of families of autistic individuals. Rev. psicol. polít. [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.31, pp.517-533. ISSN 1519-549X.

This paper deals with the formation of collective identities focusing on the families of people with autism. The arrival of autism is determinative of a radical change in everyday life, social relations and expectations of the families, yet it becomes a factor that drives them to the organization and struggle for equal living conditions and fulfillment of their rights. Stigma, shared memories and struggles are presented as the foundation of their social identity. Based on the theoretical tenors of Tajfel, Goffman and Martin-Baró the article seeks to highlight that the families emerge as social actors when mobilizing and addressing their claims to the public.

Keywords : Identity; Family; Autism; Disability; Human Groups.

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