Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism
A father's inspiring portrait of his daughter informs this classic reassessment of the "epidemic" of autism.
When Isabel Grinker was diagnosed with autism in 1994, it occurred in only about 3 of every 10,000 children. Within ten years, rates had skyrocketed. Some scientists reported rates as high as 1 in 150. The media had declared autism an epidemic.
Unstrange Minds documents the global quest of Isabel's father, renowned anthropologist Roy Richard Grinker, to discover the surprising truth about why autism is so much more common today. In fact, there is no autism epidemic. Rather, we are experiencing an increase in autism diagnoses, and Grinker shows that the identification and treatment of autism depends on culture just as much as it does on science.
Filled with moving stories and informed by the latest science, Unstrange Minds is a powerful testament to a father's search for the truth.
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Cogently pulled together a lot of threads of autism theory without joining one camp or the other. Was interesting to learn about autism from an anthropological pov. & since we're from the same neck of ... Read full review
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Unstrange Minds brought up sides of autism I knew nothing about. It was published in 2007 which means it was written at least a year before, so some things may have changed. The author discusses the ... Read full review
Bringing Autism into Focus 1
1 One in Three Hundred 23
The Discovery of Autism 37
3 Stigma Shame and Secrets 67
4 Blaming Mothers 85
5 The Rise of Diagnosis 103
6 Autism by the Book 123
9 Igloos in India 197
10 Breaking the Rules 215
11 Half Past Winter in South Korea 229
12 Becoming Visible 251
13 Getting in Tune 263
14 Beyond the Curve 283
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