Medicolegal recognition of trans* in a political context

Davy, Zowie (2014) Medicolegal recognition of trans* in a political context. In: European Science Foundation: Transgender and Political Science in Europe: a comparative approach, 17th -19th September 2014, Brussels.

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In the US, the Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Disorders, chaired by Kenneth Zucker, was employed to assess the available evidence surrounding gender and sexual disorders. According to pre-publication reports and commentaries leading up to the new diagnosis, members of the Workgroup promoted their aims as attending to the de-stigmatization of transpeople, whilst proposing a diagnosis that third party funders will accept for issuing payments for transitioning treatments. I argue that the review process has been overly narrow, neglecting the complex combination of sexological and psychosocial work which illustrates the phenomenological diversity of ‘gender incongruence’ evidenced in other disciplines. I suggest that the latest DSM 5 manual is thus the outcome of so called expert- sexological consensus, rather than of a systematic synthesis of biogenetic, psychosocial, or wider scientific evidence despite the new diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria having been pitched as a product of a democratized process, reflecting wider voices and knowledges.

Keywords:Trans*, DSM-5, knowledge production, politics of diagnosis
Subjects:L Social studies > L200 Politics
L Social studies > L241 European Union Politics
L Social studies > L380 Political Sociology
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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ID Code:15017
Deposited On:21 Sep 2014 17:57

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