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Du siger, der ikke er nogen, der har tvunget dig: fortællinger og modfortællinger om menneskehandel i en dansk retssal

Dam, Lea Emilie LU (2014) GNVK01 20141
Department of Gender Studies
Abstract
In this thesis I investigate the relationship between power, knowledge and gender in contemporary trafficking discourses by examining how the ‘problem’ of trafficking was represented, reproduced and destabilized in the course of a recent legal process on trafficking in a Danish court of law. By applying Carol Bacchi’s ‘What’s the problem represented to be’ analysis to an ethnographic material consisting of my observations from the legal process, I have sought to critically analyze how certain ways of telling the ‘problem’ of trafficking and its subjects have been constructed as either intelligible or impossible in the court room. My analysis has been informed by feminist and intersectional theories focusing on hegemonic processes of... (More)
In this thesis I investigate the relationship between power, knowledge and gender in contemporary trafficking discourses by examining how the ‘problem’ of trafficking was represented, reproduced and destabilized in the course of a recent legal process on trafficking in a Danish court of law. By applying Carol Bacchi’s ‘What’s the problem represented to be’ analysis to an ethnographic material consisting of my observations from the legal process, I have sought to critically analyze how certain ways of telling the ‘problem’ of trafficking and its subjects have been constructed as either intelligible or impossible in the court room. My analysis has been informed by feminist and intersectional theories focusing on hegemonic processes of Othering on the basis of gender, class, and ‘race’/ethnicity. I have found that several problematic assumptions about prostitution, poverty and foreign ‘culture’ among others underlie the construction of the ‘problem’ of trafficking in the Danish courtroom, and that this dominant discourse on trafficking prevails in this space, although contested by both the supposed "traffickers" and "victims of trafficking". In this way, my study confirms previously made criticisms put forward by earlier research against the construction of ‘trafficking’. (Less)
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Dam, Lea Emilie LU
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GNVK01 20141
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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trafficking, discourse analysis, legal process, Denmark, prostitution, sex work
language
Danish
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4465049
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2014-06-19 13:55:40
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  abstract     = {In this thesis I investigate the relationship between power, knowledge and gender in contemporary trafficking discourses by examining how the ‘problem’ of trafficking was represented, reproduced and destabilized in the course of a recent legal process on trafficking in a Danish court of law. By applying Carol Bacchi’s ‘What’s the problem represented to be’ analysis to an ethnographic material consisting of my observations from the legal process, I have sought to critically analyze how certain ways of telling the ‘problem’ of trafficking and its subjects have been constructed as either intelligible or impossible in the court room. My analysis has been informed by feminist and intersectional theories focusing on hegemonic processes of Othering on the basis of gender, class, and ‘race’/ethnicity. I have found that several problematic assumptions about prostitution, poverty and foreign ‘culture’ among others underlie the construction of the ‘problem’ of trafficking in the Danish courtroom, and that this dominant discourse on trafficking prevails in this space, although contested by both the supposed "traffickers" and "victims of trafficking". In this way, my study confirms previously made criticisms put forward by earlier research against the construction of ‘trafficking’.},
  author       = {Dam, Lea Emilie},
  keyword      = {trafficking,discourse analysis,legal process,Denmark,prostitution,sex work},
  language     = {dan},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Du siger, der ikke er nogen, der har tvunget dig: fortællinger og modfortællinger om menneskehandel i en dansk retssal},
  year         = {2014},
}