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The Pitfalls of Politicization: A Response to Conrad's "The Discovery of Hyperkinesis: Notes on the Medicalization of Deviant Behavior"

Carol K. Whalen and Barbara Henker
Social Problems
Vol. 24, No. 5 (Jun., 1977), pp. 590-595
DOI: 10.2307/800128
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/800128
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Abstract

We present a critical analysis of Peter Conrad's "The discovery of hyperkinesis; Notes on the medicalization of deviant behavior" and compare medical and sociopolitical models of social deviance. After examining the dangers of medicalizing problems we discuss the risks and implications of demedicalization. The fallacies of dichtomous logic are illustrated. We question the assumption that social scientists must choose between individual-centered and society-centered perspectives, and emphasize the need for models that focus on person-by-situation interactions.

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