Science and Social Control in Socio-Political Discourse about Outpatient Coercion
2009 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
In 2008, a form of outpatient coercion was introduced through a legal reform in Sweden. This paper aims to analyze the socio-political discourse leading to the change in legislation. Data are analyzed in terms of two polarities that have been recurring in discourse about mental health policy: 1) ideology-science and 2) autonomy-control.
Regarding the ideology-science dimension, the paper asks to what extent scientific knowledge is mobilized in the debate. In the light of the long-time discussion of the nature of mental illness, one analytic theme is the relative importance of medico-biological arguments and psycho-dynamic or social psychiatric approaches.
The autonomy-control dimension will be analyzed in the light of social theory about risk society. One particular question concerns how notions about dangerousness and certain crime incidents with high mass media coverage may have influenced the socio-political discourse.
The paper analyses the period between 1980 and 2008. Swedish data consist of public documents such as reports from parliamentary commissions, expert hearings and legal documents, but also debate in mass media and professional journals. Swedish data are contrasted with data from three international scenes: Norway, UK and New York. Data from the other countries are drawn from legislative documents and expert interviews.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
CTO, ouptatient coercion, psychiatry, social policy
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-72857OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-72857DiVA: diva2:628328
XXXIst International Congress on Law and Mental Health, New York
ProjectsTvång i frihet
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare