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NeuroDiversity: The Birth of an Idea

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Judy Singer is generally credited with the coinage of the word that became the banner for the last great social movement to emerge from the 20th century.
The word itself was just one of many ideas in this work, her 1998 Honours thesis, a pioneering sociological work that mapped out the emergence of a new category of disability that, till then, had no name. And in the proce
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Kindle Edition, 84 pages
Published July 3rd 2016 by Judy Singer
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H.A. Leuschel
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a daughter of a mother with Asperger's syndrome, and the mother of a daughter with Asperger's syndrome, Judy Singer - also 'somewhere on the spectrum' - has written a persuasive and important essay about 'neurodiversity', a term she is credited to have coined and describes the emergence of a new category of disability. She aims to ´depict, demystify and promote the growing social movement of autistics' in the hope that 'we get used to the idea that our minds are a lot more strange and wonderf ...more
Aurélien Thomas
Judy Singer is usually acknowledged for having coined the term 'neurodiversity', in this sociology thesis about autism and society. Part personal journey (she is the daughter and mother of women with Asperger, and is herself on the autistic spectrum) part academic (she challenges social constructivism to put forward a new model of disability) here's a punchy read which captured brilliantly the zeitgeist of our era. No cutting around the bush: here's a must read.

What is 'neurodiversity'? Well, in
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Robert
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Singer claims to have coined the term "neurodiversity" in her undergrad thesis about autism, disability and society, which is printed here with a lengthy Introduction. It's a quick read and a worthwhile one from a historical perspective and for its blend of social commentary, autism advocacy and personal memoir.

It's interesting to note that the term "neurodiversity" now covers a much bigger range than just the categories of neurotypicals and autistic people/Aspies. It's been adopted as an umbrel
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Rosemarie
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I especially found the author's introduction useful, placing the original thesis in context. I will be referencing this book in my own MA dissertation.
Tyler Upchurch
5 stars because it is important, historic, and thought-provoking, though it is not precise, fulsome in content, or beyond question in its assumptions.

The reflective preface to the reprint provokes interesting thoughts on, among other things, autistic attacks on autistic parents. It also points toward a kind of balanced perspective where being autistic is regarded, in the end, as just being human with the subsequent capacity of being good and bad. Some get so wrapped up in the narrative of oppres
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Miguel Vences
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely, an interesting book to introduce yourself to the autistic spectrum from a sociological perspective more than a psychological one, with thought-provoking material for its time, and also a historical introduction to the concept of Neurodiversity, coined first to describe the people on the spectrum and that now carries under its umbrella a wide variety of conditions that are getting more recognition and less stigma.
Carla Groom
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Part thesis, part autobiography, beautifully written and delightfully short. A special book with a special place in the history of our species and its ongoing battle to reconcile sameness and difference. I especially loved the author's honest account of wrestling with postmodernism, the elements of social constructivism she decided to keep and those that just were not compatible with the genetic reality of her family.
Mrtfalls
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good intro. Wish it had been longer though.
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