Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism

Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism

by Roy Richard Grinker
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Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was written by a cultural anthropologist who is also the parent of a child on the autism spectrum. It is not a book that gives advice on how to get services. Instead, it explains the history of the cultural understanding of autism in particular and mental health in general, both in the United States and other countries. Mainly, Grinker's point is that there are not more instances of autism today than yesterday, but that differences in the way we diagnose and understand autism make it seem that way. In addition, he finds some satisfaction in what calling autism an 'epidemic' has led to: better understanding culturally of these kinds of people so more understanding for the individuals out there on the spectrum. I found his stories about parents of children with autism in South Korea, India, and South Africa enlightening. Showing the way that people from different cultures deal with autism and the education of children with autism really helped me to understand the way my culture sees it. I absolutely recommend this book to any parent of a child with autism or anybody interested in the history of mental health in general.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am about 1/2 way through this book and really don't have any ambition to finish it. This author writes a lot about different psychoanalyists opinions 'eg.Bettelheim' and how children were diagnosed with autism and what caused it. Personally I really am not all that jazzed about how Bettelheim thought an uncaring mother was to blame for having an autistic child.