Strategy 8

Crossbreeding: Why was mother stopping me from climbing

Strategy 8: Crossbreeding with Something New – Inject really new material into the critical conversation to produce a new argument. For example, bring in a theory from another discipline to reinterpret the evidence, bring in new evidence to upset an old theory or interpretation, or establish an original framework (a combination of theories, a historical understanding) to reinterpret the evidence.

So this is the approach that Mukhopadhyay takes in the section “Why was mother stopping me from climbing.” Clearly no one in the office realized that the child had a medical condition, especially cerebral palsy they just thought that the child was unmannered or untrained. The author clearly interjects new thoughts and ideas into the conversation because she puts the thoughts and emotions of the patient into the conversation. Usually with medical cases we hear the perspective of the patient from the doctors or family members point of view.

This part of the book also presents the information in a clear concise way, so clear that it actually sounds like a child’s perspective which is also a new take and perspective on this specific subject matter. Most medical cases are explained with really confusing language that still doesn’t quite describe the patients point of view.

This specific story is also a memory which makes it seem much more credible even though told by a child point of view. Usually stories told by children are deemed less credible the author manages to incapsulate the child’s voice while remaining credible because its a memory from the same child when he’s older.

3 Comments so far

  1.   Krystal Dillon on October 25th, 2016

    I agree, and I also utilised Gaipa’s 8th strategy to interpret the piece. He offers a new perspective to understanding those who stories are often told through the point of view of the observer. Mukhopadhyay brings the personal and the individual back into a conversation about the overall community (those on the autism spectrum). He offers a new way to understanding autism by offering personal accounts of “behaviours” often deemed abnormal. You brought this up when you spoke about the instance with the staircase. No one decided to find the reason behind his need to climb the staircase they simply criticized his reaction to being stopped. Also, the default to categorize different behaviours is exemplified when the doctor argues that he has cerebral palsy. Tito, in this instance and throughout the book offers us something new, a new perspective.

  2.   Asheka Lawrence-Reid on November 2nd, 2016

    Hi Tracy! I really like your use of Gaipa’s strategy of crossbreeding to interpret Mukhopadhyay’s text. I had not considered the content of the text much in light of these strategies. It was also interesting that you mentioned the point of view, which in light of crossbreeding, could be considered to have been altered somehow. Mukhopadhyay’s interpretation of his experience may have changed as he recorded it. Your post really made me think. Thanks!

  3.   Radheeka Sharma on November 22nd, 2016

    I agree with Asheka on how you connect the eighth strategy to the point of view. I, as well, overlooked that the narrator could be unreliable as a child himself. Using the eighth strategy helps enforce the reliability and also add more perspective, as you said the child’s perspective!

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