The Resource Autism and gender : from refrigerator mothers to computer geeks, Jordynn Jack, (electronic resource/)

Autism and gender : from refrigerator mothers to computer geeks, Jordynn Jack, (electronic resource/)

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Autism and gender : from refrigerator mothers to computer geeks
Title
Autism and gender
Title remainder
from refrigerator mothers to computer geeks
Statement of responsibility
Jordynn Jack
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Language
eng
Summary
  • The reasons behind the increase in autism diagnoses have become hotly contested in the media as well as within the medical, scholarly, and autistic communities. Jordynn Jack suggests the proliferating number of discussions point to autism as a rhetorical phenomenon that engenders attempts to persuade through arguments, appeals to emotions, and representational strategies. In Autism and Gender: From Refrigerator Mothers to Computer Geeks, Jack focuses on the ways gender influences popular discussion and understanding of autisms causes and effects. She identifies gendered theories like the refrigerator mother theory, for example, which blames emotionally distant mothers for autism, and the extreme male brain theory, which links autism to the modes of systematic thinking found in male computer geeks. Jacks analysis reveals how people employ such highly gendered theories to craft rhetorical narratives around stock characters--fix-it dads, heroic mother warriors rescuing children from autism--that advocate for ends beyond the story itself while also allowing the storyteller to gain authority, understand the disorder, and take part in debates. Autism and Gender reveals the ways we build narratives around controversial topics while offering new insights into the ways rhetorical inquiry can and does contribute to conversations about gender and disability--
  • The CDC estimates that 1 in 110 children in the US have an autism spectrum disorder, and over the last decade the cause of autism has become a highly contested topic in the media as well within medical, scholarly, and autistic communities. Speculation about why and how a growing number of people, especially boys, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders has ranged widely, from parenting practices and vaccines to environmental and genetic factors. Jordynn Jack suggests that as these discourses have proliferated, autism has become a rhetorical phenomenon in that it prompts attempts at persuasion through arguments, appeals to emotions, and various representational strategies in vigorous and sometimes vitriolic debates. In this study, Jack takes up the rhetorical dimensions of autism, especially how popular and scientific experts have argued for theories about the etiology of autism spectrum disorders. In particular, Jack focuses on the ways in which assumptions about gender inform popular understandings of the causes and effects of autism. Two well-known gendered theories that have been associated with autism include the refrigerator mother theory of the 1950s, which purported that cold, emotionless mothers caused autism, and the Extreme Male Brain theory, which suggests that autism is a disorder of highly systematic thinking associated with male geeks. Theories such as these and others provide opportunities to examine how gendered assumptions fill in gaps in knowledge and authority about autism. More broadly, this analysis offers new insights on how rhetorical inquiry can contribute to larger conversations about gender and disability--
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Dewey number
616.85/882
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RC553.A88
LC item number
J327 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
WS 350.8.P4
NLM item number
J125a 2014
Label
Autism and gender : from refrigerator mothers to computer geeks, Jordynn Jack, (electronic resource/)
Link
http://library.quincycollege.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=816312
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Publication
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
Content category
text
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txt
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rdacontent
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ocn884725764
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1 online resource (access may be restricted)
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online
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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remote
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  • 629334
  • 22573/ctt72b8zb
Label
Autism and gender : from refrigerator mothers to computer geeks, Jordynn Jack, (electronic resource/)
Link
http://library.quincycollege.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=816312
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn884725764
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (access may be restricted)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institution
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
  • 629334
  • 22573/ctt72b8zb

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