Mind, Medicine, and Culture (MMAC) is pleased to be hosting Roy Richard Grinker to discuss his upcoming book Nobody’s Normal. In preparation we will read his recent article in Current Anthropology “Autism, “Stigma,” Disability: A Shifting Historical Terrain” (2020).
In this presentation on his new book Nobody’s Normal (W.W. Norton; release date Jan. 26, 2021), Roy R. Grinker argues that stigma is a social process that can be explained through cultural history, a process that began the moment we defined mental illness, that we learn from within our communities, and that we ultimately have the power to change. Though the legacies of shame and secrecy are still with us today, Grinker writes that we are at the cusp of ending the marginalization of the mentally ill.
Grinker infuses his work with the personal history of his family’s four generations of involvement in psychiatry, including his grandfather’s analysis with Sigmund Freud, his own daughter’s experience with autism, and culminating in his own research on neurodiversity.
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