The Sociology of Diagnostic Systems and Its Emerging Trends

Monday, 11 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 6B P (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC49 Mental Health and Illness (host committee)

Language: English

Changes in the diagnostic systems DSM and ICD are currently being negotiated, and gaps between science, practice and economic interest are being identified. Biological determinism as well as the concept of chronic disease are being challenged by new scientific developments. Some of the diagnostic categories are dismissed from the diagnostic systems, and spectrum disorders and dimensional determinants seem to get a stronger position supported by research and clinical experience. 
What are the consequences for users of psychiatric services as regard identity and access to help? How do we understand the complex interaction between different actors in this process? And how, from a sociological point of view, do we define the relation between social problems and the new diagnostic descriptions? Papers dealing with these issues on the macro- and micro-sociological levels are being sought for presentation in this session.
Session Organizer:
Kjeld HOGSBRO, Aalborg University, Denmark
Diagnosing Neoliberal Subjects: A Textual Analysis of the DSM
Bruce COHEN, University of Auckland, New Zealand
The Political Economy of Gender Politics in Trans-Related Healthcare: Between Medical Knowledge and the Global Market
Sofia ABOIM, University of Lisbon, Portugal; Pedro VASCONCELOS, ISCTE-IUL University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal
Contrasting Depression Among a Sample of African Americans with Major Depressive Disorder in the DSM
Sirry ALANG, Lehigh University, USA; Donna MCALPINE, University of Minnesota, USA