Autism in Translation

An Intercultural Conversation on Autism Spectrum Conditions

  • Elizabeth Fein
  • Clarice Rios

Part of the Culture, Mind, and Society book series (CMAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Elizabeth Fein, Clarice Rios
    Pages 1-13
  3. Political Histories of Autism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Rossano Cabral Lima, Clara Feldman, Cassandra Evans, Pamela Block
      Pages 17-52
    3. M. Ariel Cascio, Bárbara Costa Andrada, Benilton Bezerra Jr.
      Pages 53-87
  4. Voice, Narrative and Representation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Elizabeth Fein
      Pages 129-153
    3. Jurandir Freire Costa, Roy Richard Grinker
      Pages 155-174
    4. Laura Sterponi
      Pages 175-181
  5. The Autism Concept

  6. Closing Commentaries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Joy
      Dawn Prince-Hughes
      Pages 283-289
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 291-304

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. 


Autism Psychological Anthropology Global Mental Health Autism Spectrum Disorders Asperger’s Syndrome Collective Health

Editors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth Fein
    • 1
  • Clarice Rios
    • 2
  1. 1.Duquesne UniversityPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of Social PsychologyFederal University of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil

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