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Roots of resistance: ADHD and CNS stimulant therapy in Sweden

Författare och institution:
Amelie Hoshor (Institutionen för filosofi, lingvistik och vetenskapsteori)
Publicerad i:
Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 11-15 November 2015,
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is today the most common child psychiatric diagnosis in the world. Although ADHD and the intimately related practice of central nervous system stimulant therapy have been proliferating at a remarkable pace across the globe over the past few decades, a significant cross-national variance in stimulant prescription rates simultaneously points to the centrality of socio-cultural factors to local approaches to ADHD and medical treatment thereof (Singh 2006). Thus, although the standardization practices that are part and parcel of ADHD ought to be anathema to such fluidity, this diagnostic construct appears to exhibit many characteristics of a “mutable mobile” (Law and Mol 2001). This paper examines the mobility and mutability of ADHD by drawing on a historical analysis of the Swedish context. I trace the relatively late usurpation of the diagnosis and the comparatively low prescription rates of stimulants in Sweden to the country’s unique history with stimulant drugs. Sweden is one of few countries in the world where the main drug of abuse has historically been a central stimulant—amphetamine—and not an opiate derivative like heroin. A highly publicized “epidemic” of stimulant abuse in the mid-20th century did not only lay the foundation to the nation’s infamously restrictive drug policy and a withdrawal of stimulants from the market, but also established a tight link between these so-called “criminogenetic” stimulants and juvenile delinquents—a social group typically associated with ADHD—which for a long time effectively hampered the possibilities for the diagnosis to solidify in this context.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Sociologi ->
Filosofi, etik och religion
Filosofi, etik och religion ->
Filosofi ->
ADHD, central stimulants, drug policy and history, (im)mutable mobile, Sweden
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2015-11-16 19:31
Posten ändrad:
2016-03-18 15:56

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