” Genetic research finally makes its way into the thinking of sociologists” is a short piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education describing a special edition of the American Journal of Sociology.
An article by Allan Horwitz, of Rutgers, and Brandeis’s Sara Shostak, takes what might be called a traditional sociological approach, discussing the social construction of depression and homosexuality. Whatever the genetic basis of those conditions, they explain, one has been intensely “medicalized,” while the other, thanks to the efforts of activists, is now largely considered to be part of normal human variation. In short, there is no truth “in the body.”
So one day soon all the people who thought their depression an illness will discover that their experiences are ‘part of normal human variation’ and can come out proud and strong and Reclaim the Day.