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SOU och sexualitet: diskursen kring sexuella övergrepp i fyra offentliga utredningar, 1976–2016

Johansson, Max LU (2019) RÄSK02 20191
Department of Sociology of Law
Abstract
This essay examines the discourse around sexual assault in four Swedish official government reports, written between 1976 and 2016. It attempts to describe how this discourse has changed since the controversial 1976 Sexual Offences Committee, whose findings were greatly influenced by ideas of sexual libertarianism, and what influence these ideas continue to have on the discourse in official reports.

The methodology of the essay is based on critical discourse analysis, and centres on a critical reading of key sections of the chosen official reports. The research questions have been formulated around the two issues of the purpose of sexual crimes legislation and views on the circumstances in which sexual assaults are committed. Additional... (More)
This essay examines the discourse around sexual assault in four Swedish official government reports, written between 1976 and 2016. It attempts to describe how this discourse has changed since the controversial 1976 Sexual Offences Committee, whose findings were greatly influenced by ideas of sexual libertarianism, and what influence these ideas continue to have on the discourse in official reports.

The methodology of the essay is based on critical discourse analysis, and centres on a critical reading of key sections of the chosen official reports. The research questions have been formulated around the two issues of the purpose of sexual crimes legislation and views on the circumstances in which sexual assaults are committed. Additional focus has been placed on the question of violence vs. consent as grounds for criminal liability, which has been the most important thread in public debate over the issue during recent years.

The essay finds that over the course of the last forty years, the traditionalist and libertarian views have been synthesised into a discourse centred on encouraging consensual sexuality while criminalising transgressions and strengthening protections for survivors. (Less)
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Johansson, Max LU
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RÄSK02 20191
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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discourse, official reports, rape, sexual assault, Sweden
language
Swedish
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8994914
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2019-09-18 11:07:13
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  abstract     = {This essay examines the discourse around sexual assault in four Swedish official government reports, written between 1976 and 2016. It attempts to describe how this discourse has changed since the controversial 1976 Sexual Offences Committee, whose findings were greatly influenced by ideas of sexual libertarianism, and what influence these ideas continue to have on the discourse in official reports.

The methodology of the essay is based on critical discourse analysis, and centres on a critical reading of key sections of the chosen official reports. The research questions have been formulated around the two issues of the purpose of sexual crimes legislation and views on the circumstances in which sexual assaults are committed. Additional focus has been placed on the question of violence vs. consent as grounds for criminal liability, which has been the most important thread in public debate over the issue during recent years.

The essay finds that over the course of the last forty years, the traditionalist and libertarian views have been synthesised into a discourse centred on encouraging consensual sexuality while criminalising transgressions and strengthening protections for survivors.},
  author       = {Johansson, Max},
  keyword      = {discourse,official reports,rape,sexual assault,Sweden},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {SOU och sexualitet: diskursen kring sexuella övergrepp i fyra offentliga utredningar, 1976–2016},
  year         = {2019},
}