In Search of Autism Amongst the Himba
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In Search of Autism Amongst the Himba

Publication Date:
August 30

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The Himba people of Northern Namibia are at the center of 'In Search of Autism Amongst the Himba'.

In this influential book, Christofer Wärnlöf makes a real contribution to the study of autism and the region's ethnography.

Autism is all too often examined only as a product of Western discourse. Still, Wärnlöf shows that it should be understood much more broadly. 

Editorial Reviews

"Most people with autism live in low- and middle-income countries around the globe, yet we know almost nothing about their lives, stories, and worlds. Wärnlöf transports us to be among the Himba people of Northern Namibia. He tells us stories about kinship and traditions, about ancestors and witchcraft. Through his story-telling, we realize how much we still have to learn about ability, disability, and autism in Africa."

Prof. Petrus J de Vries, Centre for Autism Research in Africa (CARA), University of Cape Town

"The Himba people of Northern Namibia are well known to anthropologists. As a result of this book, they will also be at the forefront of our thoughts when we think of autistic behavior and associated cultural attributes. Not only is ASD not simply a Western phenomenon, but it is also part of African cultures."

Alan Barnard Emeritus Professor of the Anthropology of Southern Africa, University of Edinburg


About the Author

After his Ph.D. was completed at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Christofer Wärnlöf published several academical articles and, in 2013, published 'Himba History and Politics.' The author also participated in several film projects and was featured in the documentary film 'The red people,' Camera Q (2017). Today he works as a Director in a Camphill Community, Sweden, has lived, worked, and taught about autism for more than 20 years. He also kept in contact with the community of Etanga over the years.

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