Crazy Like Us by Ethan Watters has been drawing good reviews for over an year. Here are two reviews in Neuroscptic
and in MindHacks .
An article by Ethan Watters outlining some of the ideas:
The Americanization of Mental Illness
One of the points of the book seems that some sort of centralization of the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses is taking place through DSM of American Psychiatric Association.
A summary in four parts with the first part here Crazy Like Us, Part 1: Anorexia in Hong Kong
I am reminded of a study of the Economics profession by Marion Foucarde:
The Construction of a global profession; The Transnationalization of Economics