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The politics of pathology and the making of Gender Identity Disorder.

Author: Karl Edward Bryant; University of California, Santa Barbara.
Publisher: [Santa Barbara, Calif.] : University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007.
Dissertation: Ph. D. University of California, Santa Barbara 2007
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : eBook   Computer File : English
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This dissertation is a historical case study of the construction of and debates over the psychiatric diagnosis Gender Identity Disorder of Childhood (GIDC). Based on an analysis of GIDC research and clinical literatures, archival materials, interviews with GIDC clinician-researchers and their critics, and fieldwork at professional and advocacy meetings, this dissertation traces the initial construction of gender
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Genre/Form: Online resources
Dissertations, Academic
Academic theses
Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Karl Edward Bryant; University of California, Santa Barbara.
ISBN: 9780549268161 0549268162
OCLC Number: 759566950
Notes: Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 68-10, Section: A, page: 4504.
Adviser: Beth Schneider.
Description: xiv, 299 leaves

Abstract:

This dissertation is a historical case study of the construction of and debates over the psychiatric diagnosis Gender Identity Disorder of Childhood (GIDC). Based on an analysis of GIDC research and clinical literatures, archival materials, interviews with GIDC clinician-researchers and their critics, and fieldwork at professional and advocacy meetings, this dissertation traces the initial construction of gender variant children as a medicopsychological "problem," the 1980 formalization of the GIDC diagnosis, and the continuing debates over its legitimacy up to the present.

My dissertation shows the ways in which debates over GIDC have been one key site for theorizing the relationship between gender and sexuality. Additionally, while stakeholders in debates over the legitimacy of GIDC have generally been understood as adversaries, I show how both GIDC defenders and GIDC critics work within a common framework based on the discursive, material and historical conditions from which GIDC was produced. Based on these findings, I discuss the limitations of current critiques of GIDC, and suggest new directions for future advocacy and research.

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