Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism

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Basic Books, Jan 29, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 340 pages
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

Contents

Bringing Autism into Focus 1
1
PART ONE
21
1 One in Three Hundred 23
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The Discovery of Autism 37
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3 Stigma Shame and Secrets 67
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4 Blaming Mothers 85
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5 The Rise of Diagnosis 103
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6 Autism by the Book 123
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9 Igloos in India 197
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10 Breaking the Rules 215
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11 Half Past Winter in South Korea 229
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12 Becoming Visible 251
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13 Getting in Tune 263
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14 Beyond the Curve 283
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Acknowledgments 303
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Notes 307
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7 Autism by the Numbers 143
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PART TWO
173
8 Isabel in Monets Garden 175
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About the author (2008)

Roy Richard Grinker is Professor of Anthropology and Director, George Washington University Institute for Ethnographic Research. He is the author of four other books, including the widely acclaimed In the Arms of Africa: The Life of Colin M. Turnbull. He lectures widely at universities and to parents and professionals involved in autism. He lives in Cabin John, Maryland.