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Den legalt sanktionerade könshandeln fortsätter. En kritisk analys av diskurser kring kommersiell fotografiskt medierad pornografi

Magnusson, Claes LU (2010) SOL611 20101
School of Social Work
Abstract
Author: Claes Magnusson
Title: The legally sanctioned purchasing of women’s bodies continues.
A critical discourse analysis regarding commercial photographically
mediated pornography [translated title]
Supervisor: Agneta Hedblom
Assessor: Håkan Jönson

In Sweden it is illegal to buy sex. In some cases, that is. There currently exists a double standard between regular prostitution, and the prostitution that takes place in front of a photographically recording camera which in turn is a prerequisite for commercial photographically mediated pornography (labelled simply pornography for the rest of this abstract). The purpose was to examine through a critical discourse
analysis if there are similarities and/or differences between the... (More)
Author: Claes Magnusson
Title: The legally sanctioned purchasing of women’s bodies continues.
A critical discourse analysis regarding commercial photographically
mediated pornography [translated title]
Supervisor: Agneta Hedblom
Assessor: Håkan Jönson

In Sweden it is illegal to buy sex. In some cases, that is. There currently exists a double standard between regular prostitution, and the prostitution that takes place in front of a photographically recording camera which in turn is a prerequisite for commercial photographically mediated pornography (labelled simply pornography for the rest of this abstract). The purpose was to examine through a critical discourse
analysis if there are similarities and/or differences between the political-legal and the media discourse regarding pornography as it is portrayed by Sweden’s two biggest newspapers, Aftonbladet and Dagens Nyheter. In order to get a tangible material I delimited both the political-legal discourse and the media discourse. The politicallegal
discourse was defined as three documents: Two Swedish Government Official
Reports: SOU 1995:15 and SOU 2001:14, and one Swedish Government proposition 1997/98:55. The media discourse was in turn further defined as a little more than a year long interval (2009-02-15 – 2010-03-31). By searching the two newspapers I found a total of twenty articles from this period. More specifically the aim was to look at if these two discourses identified any problems regarding pornography, and in that case if they specified which these problems were. And also, if they did identify
problems, if they then continued to indentify and specify causes and/or solutions to them. And finally if they didn’t identify any problems, what did they then consist of? The material was analyzed using Bauman’s theory about consumption in conjunction with the discourse theory. I found that the two discourses could be divided into several sub-discourses with varying differences between them. As a whole the political-legal and the media discourse were very different, and the main difference I found was that the media discourse completely lacked any mentioning of the main
proposed solution in the political-legal discourse, namely the proposal to expand the judicial procuring liability to also include the producers of pornography. The reason or reasons for this was however difficult to determine with any certainty.

Key words: pornography, prostitution, discourse, power, consumption (Less)
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Magnusson, Claes LU
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SOL611 20101
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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consumption, power, discourse, prostitution, pornography
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Swedish
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1612718
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  abstract     = {Author: Claes Magnusson
Title: The legally sanctioned purchasing of women’s bodies continues.
A critical discourse analysis regarding commercial photographically
mediated pornography [translated title]
Supervisor: Agneta Hedblom
Assessor: Håkan Jönson

In Sweden it is illegal to buy sex. In some cases, that is. There currently exists a double standard between regular prostitution, and the prostitution that takes place in front of a photographically recording camera which in turn is a prerequisite for commercial photographically mediated pornography (labelled simply pornography for the rest of this abstract). The purpose was to examine through a critical discourse
analysis if there are similarities and/or differences between the political-legal and the media discourse regarding pornography as it is portrayed by Sweden’s two biggest newspapers, Aftonbladet and Dagens Nyheter. In order to get a tangible material I delimited both the political-legal discourse and the media discourse. The politicallegal
discourse was defined as three documents: Two Swedish Government Official
Reports: SOU 1995:15 and SOU 2001:14, and one Swedish Government proposition 1997/98:55. The media discourse was in turn further defined as a little more than a year long interval (2009-02-15 – 2010-03-31). By searching the two newspapers I found a total of twenty articles from this period. More specifically the aim was to look at if these two discourses identified any problems regarding pornography, and in that case if they specified which these problems were. And also, if they did identify
problems, if they then continued to indentify and specify causes and/or solutions to them. And finally if they didn’t identify any problems, what did they then consist of? The material was analyzed using Bauman’s theory about consumption in conjunction with the discourse theory. I found that the two discourses could be divided into several sub-discourses with varying differences between them. As a whole the political-legal and the media discourse were very different, and the main difference I found was that the media discourse completely lacked any mentioning of the main
proposed solution in the political-legal discourse, namely the proposal to expand the judicial procuring liability to also include the producers of pornography. The reason or reasons for this was however difficult to determine with any certainty.

Key words: pornography, prostitution, discourse, power, consumption},
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