Sociology of Diagnosis Session

Monday, July 14, 2014: 5:30 PM-7:20 PM
Room: F205
RC15 Sociology of Health (host committee)

Language: English

While diagnosis is important in identifying and curing disease, it also has a strong social impact. Diagnosis can be a source of anxiety or of relief, of hope or of despair. It structures the experience of health and illness, deciding what counts as normal, defining who is responsible for what disorders, providing frameworks for communication and structuring relationships. It presents a point around which tensions may develop, and interests collide. This session will focus on the sociology of diagnosis. It will adumbrate diagnosis as both category and process and will discuss the variable consequences of diagnoses on the experiences of health and illness. This session will explore the classificatory process of diagnosis, focusing on how diagnosis plays a role in distinguishing lay from professional, sick from bad, health from illness. It will also reflect on diagnosis as a source of power, resources, and subversion. And finally, papers in this session will analyse the impact of diagnosis on health outcomes and social outcomes. Preference will be given to papers which engage with diagnosis at metaanalytic level, that is to say, which, even while focusing on a specific diagnosis, or a specific aspect of the diagnostic process, relate to the structural function of diagnosis at a more general level.
Session Organizer:
Annemarie JUTEL, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Reassembling The Cancer Clinic: Genomics, ‘Actionability' and Emerging Diagnostic Configurations (Oral Presentation)
Alberto CAMBROSIO, McGill University, Canada; Pascale BOURRET, INSERM, UMR912, France; Peter KEATING, University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada; Nicole NELSON, McGill University, Canada

What Is Diagnosis? : Medicalization of the Children with Developmental Care Needs in Medical Checkups and Preschools in Japan (Oral Presentation)
Ayako OKOCHI, Yokohama City University, Japan; Etsuko TADAKA, Graduate School of Medicine, Yokohama City University, Japan

“Cultural Toolboxes” of Mental Health Care: Depression and Public Construction of the Set of Appropriate Responses in 17 Countries (Oral Presentation)
Sigrun OLAFSDOTTIR, Boston University, USA; Bernice PESCOSOLIDO, Indiana University, USA

Expectant Parents, Expecting Perfection: Constructing Down's Syndrome in UK Antenatal Care (Oral Presentation)
Gareth THOMAS, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Diagnosing (Inter)Sex: A Case of Social Diagnosis (Distributed Paper)
Tania JENKINS, Brown University, USA; Susan SHORT, Brown University, USA

Bio-Sociality and the Negotiation of Diagnosis in Cross-Border Infertility Treatment (Distributed Paper)
Nicky HUDSON, De Montfort University, United Kingdom; Lorraine CULLEY, De Montfort University, United Kingdom; Wendy NORTON, De Montfort University, United Kingdom

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