“A sociologist who previously worked in the biotechnology industry, Singh is unusually well qualified to investigate the scientific debates and developments surrounding autism research. The book offers a timely contribution to studies of health social movements, biosocial communities, and the co-production of scientific research and social processes.”
“A key contribution of Multiple Autisms lies in its careful documentation of the overwhelming dominance of genetic/genomic autism research and its demonstration of how this research is being executed at the expense of other valuable research trajectories.”
“Scholars of medical sociology, rhetoric, and broader medical humanities alike would benefit greatly from Singh’s text. Issues of biocitizenship and medical(ized) communities remain central, at times evoked in ways that challenge predominant views of both.”
“Overall, Multiple Autisms reveals extensive and empirical engagement with the numerous actors entangled with autism within the United States. The text emerges following over a decade of research and it is the sheer depth of this empirical engagement that ensures Singh’s work will be of value to those concerned with the social dimensions of this condition.”
“Multiple Autisms is an important contribution to the autism literature and deserves to be read, not least by those conducting and funding genomics research.”
“Given the many ways social scientists might “wade into” the study of autism, Dr. Singh made the interesting and important choice to observe how the scientific agenda—popularly associated with finding of both a genetic “cause” and “cure” for autism—was crafted and understood by those involved. It represents a significant contribution to the literature on the dynamics of how scientific agenda are formed by a scientific community, and how and why they are supported by the government and the public at large.”
“Singh has written a very good, thoughtful and well-written book, which scholars of autism and of the history and sociology of genetics and genomics will read with profit.”
“Multiple Autisms is important for those interested in how autism is socially and historically made. It provides a deeply rich, empirical engagement into the shift from genetics to genomics, the health social movements central to this, the role of emerging technologies and organisations, and the ways in which the narrow focus of genomics impacts the lives of those affected.”
Daniel Navon (2017) Contemporary Sociology, 46(4): 479-481.
Rebecah Pulsifer (2017) Configurations 25(4): 560-563.
Emer H. Lucey (2017) History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 73(1): 109-110.