- Tapa blanda: 256 páginas
- Editor: Harper Collins; Edición: 1st HarperPerennial Ed (1 de enero de 1994)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0060924659
- ISBN-13: 978-0060924652
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Genie: A Scientific Tragedy: An Abused Child's Flight from Silence (Inglés) Tapa blanda – ene 1994
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"Russ Rymer, in the process of telling the poignant story of one desperately unfortunate little girl, raises profound questions about both the origins of language and the ultimate source of what we call 'human nature.' At once a scientific detective story and an examination of professional ethics, "Genie" is disturbing, enlightening, and impossible to forget." -- Michael Dorris, author of "The Broken Cord""A child deprived of her birthright of love...and then almost rescued: out of that 'almost' comes this remarkable story of dedication impeded by personal squabbles and the research bureaucracy."-- Roger Shattuck, author of "The Forbidden Experiment""Topical books by journalists rarely afford the reading pleasures of "Genie: " high drama, intellectual and philosophical substance, and vivid, poetic reportage...brilliant."-- Richard Higgins, "Boston"
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The compelling story of a young woman's emergence into the world after spending her first 13 years strapped to a chair, and her rescue and exploitation by scientists hoping to gain new insight into language acquisition.Ver Descripción del producto
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The book deals with her condition, the consequences of her not acquiring language, how language seems to be innate as long as there isn't extreme deprivation of it, and how children seem unable physiologically to learn language beyond basic words after puberty begins.
Genie's father shot himself once he faced charges of child abuse. Charges against her mother were quickly dropped on the claim that she was a helpless person, disabled and very passive.
However, her mother never accepted personal responsibility for waiting 13 years to stand up to her threatening husband and leaving the house with Genie in spite of extensive therapy.
She didn't even leave the house with Genie to get help for her daughter at all. She had become blind from early cataracts and needed a seeing person to try to find a disabled government office for herself. She entered child protective services by mistake and didn't mention her daughter's abuse. The staff saw the problem and acted.
When the mother eventually got custody as guardian after Genie turned 18, she put her daughter in a home for the retarded where Genie badly deteriorated.
We are not going to help abused children better as long as we allow mothers to avoid prison with "I was helpless claims."
Helplessness has to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
Genie touched the researchers and therapists who worked with her before her mother gained guardianship very deeply. She inspired love.
Even strangers responded to her lovingly with the type of little gifts she loved as if she could communicate telepathically. She was not retarded and should never have been put in a home or allowed to return to her mother beyond supervised visits.
When Genie and her mother escaped the abusive environment, her father would take his life leaving a note saying "The World Will Never Understand." Perhaps true and still we don't know how somebody could abuse their disabled child for so long. The book chronicles how Genie became a prize among researchers. Genie was hospitalized and given plenty of attention and care in the hospital environment. When she was ready for a home, she went with her teacher and later a couple. Susan Curtiss, the linguist at University of California, Los Angeles, had studied and worked with Genie for years. Susan developed a bond and friendship with her as well.
Unfortunately all the progression and improvements would be overshadowed by the battle for Genie. She returned home to her mother, once but it failed. She is now living in a group home and about 60 years old. We'll never know because she has been shielded from the public since she re-entered her mother's care. This book not only chronicles her life but the research about feral children and learning the language. The book would be highly recommended for linguistics and child psychology reading lists.