7. avr., 2017
Autisme et interculturalité (suite) - débat sur researchgate.net
Thank you for inviting me to this discussion. As an academic, I know very little about autism, but I can widen up this issue from the perspective of practical societies of the reindeer herders, fishermen and hunters of Finnish Lapland - shortly from the approach of praxis. We live in an area of low density of population, only 0, 5 person per sqkm. Partly because of this and the practical nature of livelihood people are tied to the kinship system and they have a strong individualism in their doings. This means that a person with different ways of communicating, behaving or thinking are tolerated and accepted in their communities - as long as they find their practical role in the society (naturally there is also help in guiding them in praxis). This means i.e. that they can be good uncles/aunties, skilful people with maintaining machinery or fishermen etc. Shortly, people do not ask what “the problem with him” is but they accept this person as a normal member of a practical society (as long as they do not harm anyone). In the traditional world there has not been diagnostic for autism or mental problems, simply people just talk that "this person suffers from sadness every spring and autumn" (western: manic depressive). Naturally, today people know diagnostics of all kind and there are therapies etc. And that is fine with people, too. However, I believe that still in those families of subsistence of economies the family members and kins will accept their members as they are, even there are “the various personal" ways of acting and behaving.
Jul 10, 2013 ·