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Samhället i centrum – en studie av lagen om åtgärder vid samhällsfarlig asocialitet (1965 – 1982)

Åhlin, Björn LU (2016) LAGM01 20151
Department of Law
Abstract
This essay studies the Swedish law on dangerous asocial behaviour, lagen om åtgärder mot samhällsfarlig asocialitet (SFS 1964:450). The law was passed during a period of time in Swedish social political history characterized by a growing social state and a greater focus on individual rights than before. The stated purpose of the law was, among other things, to send problematic individuals, asocial individuals dangerous to society, to work camps, and thereby protect the rest of society from their influence. The law ended up mainly targeting young female prostitutes, and was short-lived. Ten years after being passed, it was practically unused. The statute was considered hopelessly outdated at the time it was removed.

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This essay studies the Swedish law on dangerous asocial behaviour, lagen om åtgärder mot samhällsfarlig asocialitet (SFS 1964:450). The law was passed during a period of time in Swedish social political history characterized by a growing social state and a greater focus on individual rights than before. The stated purpose of the law was, among other things, to send problematic individuals, asocial individuals dangerous to society, to work camps, and thereby protect the rest of society from their influence. The law ended up mainly targeting young female prostitutes, and was short-lived. Ten years after being passed, it was practically unused. The statute was considered hopelessly outdated at the time it was removed.

The essay states hypotheses, gathered from 20th century developments of Swedish social politics, on the intentions of the lawmaker. By trying these hypotheses against classical sources of law, the essay discusses apparent contradictions between the intentions of the lawmaker and the application of the law. It is considered highly remarkable that the lawmaker continually uses the phrasing ”care” for judgements sending asocial indivdiduals to work facilities, when the stated purpose of the law is separation. It furthermore seems ill matched with the period’s social political developments as regards its view on individual characteristics as unchangeable, while it contains somewhat stronger guarantees for individuals’ legal rights than its predecessor. (Less)
Abstract (Swedish)
This essay studies the Swedish law on dangerous asocial behaviour, lagen om åtgärder mot samhällsfarlig asocialitet (SFS 1964:450). The law was passed during a period of time in Swedish social political history characterized by a growing social state and a greater focus on individual rights than before. The stated purpose of the law was, among other things, to send problematic individuals, asocial individuals dangerous to society, to work camps, and thereby protect the rest of society from their influence. The law ended up mainly targeting young female prostitutes, and was short-lived. Ten years after being passed, it was practically unused. The statute was considered hopelessly outdated at the time it was removed.
The essay states... (More)
This essay studies the Swedish law on dangerous asocial behaviour, lagen om åtgärder mot samhällsfarlig asocialitet (SFS 1964:450). The law was passed during a period of time in Swedish social political history characterized by a growing social state and a greater focus on individual rights than before. The stated purpose of the law was, among other things, to send problematic individuals, asocial individuals dangerous to society, to work camps, and thereby protect the rest of society from their influence. The law ended up mainly targeting young female prostitutes, and was short-lived. Ten years after being passed, it was practically unused. The statute was considered hopelessly outdated at the time it was removed.
The essay states hypotheses, gathered from 20th century developments of Swedish social politics, on the intentions of the lawmaker. By trying these hypotheses against classical sources of law, the essay discusses apparent contradictions between the intentions of the lawmaker and the application of the law. It is considered highly remarkable that the lawmaker continually uses the phrasing ”care” for judgements sending asocial individuals to work facilities, when the stated purpose of the law is separation. It furthermore seems ill matched with the period’s social political developments as regards its view on individual characteristics as unchangeable, while it contains somewhat stronger guarantees for individuals’ legal rights than its predecessor. (Less)
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Åhlin, Björn LU
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alternative title
Society in focus - a study on "lagen om åtgärder vid samhällsfarlig asocialitet" (1965 – 1982)
course
LAGM01 20151
year
type
H3 - Professional qualifications (4 Years - )
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keywords
Asocial asocialitet rättshistoria
language
Swedish
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8514034
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2016-02-04 13:53:54
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2016-02-04 13:53:54
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  abstract     = {This essay studies the Swedish law on dangerous asocial behaviour, lagen om åtgärder mot samhällsfarlig asocialitet (SFS 1964:450). The law was passed during a period of time in Swedish social political history characterized by a growing social state and a greater focus on individual rights than before. The stated purpose of the law was, among other things, to send problematic individuals, asocial individuals dangerous to society, to work camps, and thereby protect the rest of society from their influence. The law ended up mainly targeting young female prostitutes, and was short-lived. Ten years after being passed, it was practically unused. The statute was considered hopelessly outdated at the time it was removed. 

The essay states hypotheses, gathered from 20th century developments of Swedish social politics, on the intentions of the lawmaker. By trying these hypotheses against classical sources of law, the essay discusses apparent contradictions between the intentions of the lawmaker and the application of the law. It is considered highly remarkable that the lawmaker continually uses the phrasing ”care” for judgements sending asocial indivdiduals to work facilities, when the stated purpose of the law is separation. It furthermore seems ill matched with the period’s social political developments as regards its view on individual characteristics as unchangeable, while it contains somewhat stronger guarantees for individuals’ legal rights than its predecessor.},
  author       = {Åhlin, Björn},
  keyword      = {Asocial asocialitet rättshistoria},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Samhället i centrum – en studie av lagen om åtgärder vid samhällsfarlig asocialitet (1965 – 1982)},
  year         = {2016},
}