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Palgrave Macmillan

The Myth of Autism

Medicalising Men's and Boys' Social and Emotional Competence

ISBN 9780230545267
Publication Date December 2010
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

In this groundbreaking book, the authors dispute the concept of autism and explore the cultural and political reasons why the number of those diagnosed with it has increased over the years. This is a must-read for students studying autism and related disorders as well as practitioners working in the mental health services.

SAMI TIMIMI is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for NHS, Lincolnshire, UK. He is also author of Naughty Boys: Anti-social Behaviour, and ADHD and the Role of Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).

NEIL GARDNER works as a server-side developer for a major broadcasting company and takes an active interest in environmental and political issues.

BRIAN McCABE has worked through a range of jobs and now supports disabled people in education and hopes to complete a PhD.


PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Introduction
The Missing Voices: Our Case Histories
PART TWO: AUTISM - THE HISTORIAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXT
The History of Autism
Cult of Child Development
PART THREE: AUTISM - THE SCIENCE 
Biological Evidence
Classification
The Problem of Heterogeneity
Treatment
PART FOUR: AUTISM - POLITICS AND SOCIETY
Gender
Culture and Socialization
The New Eugenics

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'...this is a damning exposé of what is now the industry of autism and is an enormously brave book for the three authors to have written...Its huge value is that it helps open up possibilities, instead of closing them down.' - Human Givens
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