The topic of Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASCs) has received much attention in recent years. This book expands on a new cognitive theory which argues that what we see in autism is an extreme form of a tendency that exists in all people, and furthermore, that this tendency is stronger in males. Given the influence that males have had in shaping (western) society it begs the question - how has this greater tendency in males manifested in the social structures, norms and values that structure our society?
This is the first book to explore how this inclination towards autism in the general population has shaped the society we live in. The Role of Autism in Shaping Society has three main areas of focus. In the first section, the author looks at the conditions that make up the autism spectrum in terms of characteristics, diagnosis and prevalence. In the second section, he discusses the problematic issue of how we should conceptualize the spectrum, and develops his new theory to provide a more comprehensive explanation of the condition. The final section explores the implications of this new theory on the social structures within which we live our daily lives.
This accessible book combines perspectives from psychiatry, psychology, philosophy and sociology to provide one of the most encompassing and enlightening accounts of the autism spectrum to date. It will be of interest to researchers, psychologists, and anyone affected by the autism spectrum. It will also be useful for students of psychiatry, philosophy of science, sociology and feminism.
About the Author :
John Lawson has contributed to The Role of Autism in Shaping Society as an author.
John Lawson is also the editor of South Biscay. He is the editor of the RCC Song Book. After 33 years service in the Royal Navy, he was Master of the schooner Sir Winston Churchill and the barque Marques from 1980-83. He has sailed since the age of 10 and owned various offshore boats since 1958 which he has raced and cruised extensively. The last ten years have been spent mostly in the eastern Mediterranean with occasional returns to reconnoitre the French and Spanish coasts for pilots and to visit his favourite area, the West coast of Scotland.
|Title:||The Role of Autism in Shaping Society||Publisher:||Psychology Press|
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