The Deep History of Autism and the Contestations of Normalcy (New Yorker)

Autism

The history of autism is surprisingly revealing about our nation’s relationship with medicalization and the contestation over the mode of normalcy, argues Steven Shapin in The New Yorker.

A recent book on autism, In A Different Key: The Story of Autism, for instance, shows how the history of autism was uniquely influenced by the institutions of psychiatry, psychology, law and education.

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