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Culture, Mind, and Society

Autism in Translation

An Intercultural Conversation on Autism Spectrum Conditions

Editors: Fein, Elizabeth, Rios, Clarice (Eds.)

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  • Considers autism in cultural, historical, and political contexts
  • Represents a collaboration between North American psychological anthropology and the South American intellectual tradition of Collective Health
  • Seeks to take a respectful and inclusive stance towards autism and the people affected by it
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About this book

Autism is a complex phenomenon that is both individual and social. Showing both robust similarities and intriguing differences across cultural contexts, the autism spectrum raises innumerable questions about self, subjectivity, and society in a globalized world. Yet it is often misrepresented as a problem of broken bodies and disordered brains. So, in 2015, a group of interdisciplinary scholars gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for an intellectual experiment: a workshop that joined approaches from psychological anthropology to the South American tradition of Collective Health in order to consider autism within social, historical, and political settings. This book is the product of the ongoing conversation emerging from this event. It contains a series of comparative histories of autism policy in Italy, Brazil, and the United States; focuses on issues of voice, narrative, and representation in autism; and examines how the concept of autism shapes both individual lives and broader social and economic systems. 

Featuring contributions from:

  • Michael Bakan
  • Benilton Bezerra
  • Pamela Block
  • M. Ariel Cascio 
  • Jurandir Freire Costa
  • Bárbara Costa Andrada
  • Cassandra Evans
  • Elizabeth Fein 
  • Clara Feldman 
  • Roy Richard Grinker
  • Rossano Lima
  • Francisco Ortega
  • Dawn Prince-Hughes
  • Clarice Rios 
  • Laura Sterponi 
  • Thomas S. Weisner
  • Enrico Valtellina

About the authors

Elizabeth Fein, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University, USA. Dr. Fein is a psychological anthropologist and licensed clinical psychologist who uses clinical ethnography to explore the intersections of culture and neurodevelopmental difference. 

Clarice Rios, Ph.D., is Lecturer in Social Psychology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. A psychological anthropologist, her current research explores the biopolitics of autism treatment within the Brazilian Unified Health System.

Reviews

“This transgressive and ambitious volume, which includes prominent voices in autism and disability scholarship, is an experiment in thinking. This is a must read book - not only for those interested in autism, but for all of us grappling with how to bring critical social science, epidemiology, and public policy together while also attending to the ways in which lived experience can exceed diagnostic categories and normative discourses.” (Cheryl Mattingly, Professor of Anthropology, University of Southern California, USA)

“Autism in Translation is both a much-needed historical and cultural contextualization of autism and the record of a risky polyvocal experiment in its own right. A piercing collection of essays on how the category of autism is put together and lived in diverse global and psychological contexts, this superb volume offers a compelling path toward figuring out how psychology, culture, and experience intersect.” (Des Fitzgerald, Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK)

“This volume is brimming with life. It communicates the vitality of autistic lives in ways that invites autistic and non-autistic readers to imagine cultures of autism across all of the spaces that separate us. Autism in Translation compels us to center the diversity of autistic experience in ways that do not essentialize difference, focusing instead on how knowledge about autism is co-produced through a series of complex interactions that are not reducible to individuals or systems.” (Michael Orsini, Professor of Political Studies, University of Ottowa, Canada)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-93293-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
$139.99 (listprice)
price for USA in USD
valid through December 31, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-319-93292-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $89.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-06632-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Autism in Translation
Book Subtitle
An Intercultural Conversation on Autism Spectrum Conditions
Editors
  • Elizabeth Fein
  • Clarice Rios
Series Title
Culture, Mind, and Society
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-93293-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-93293-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-93292-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-06632-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 304
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