Diagnosis and Identity: Contextualizing Discourses on Intersex in Sweden and the U.S.
The project explores discourses on intersex, and the differences between the Swedish and the U.S. context. Departing from a sociological perspective on science questions are: Which actors are identified as relevant when discussing intersex? How, and by whom, is the phenomena of intersex constructed as a medical, social and ethical problem? Scholars have identified three key actors in the U.S. context: physicians, patient-oriented support and activist groups, and feminist scholars with a critical perspective on medical discourses on sex and gender identity. There are few studies on Swedish material, and those done lack the comparative perspective. This lack in the critical, social studies of science concerning the Swedish medical discourse on intersex is the starting point of the project.