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The ability of criminal law to produce gender equality: judicial discourses in the Swedish criminal legal system
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS). Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Forum for Studies on Law and Society.
2010 (English)In: Violence against Women, ISSN 1077-8012, E-ISSN 1552-8448, Vol. 16, no 2, 173-188 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The main aim of the Swedish Women’s Peace reform in 1998 was to enhance criminal legal protection for women exposed to violence in heterosexual relationships and to promote gender equality. However, these ambitions risk being contravened in a masculinist criminal legal system. One problem concerns how the victim is constructed in criminal legal cases. The author argues that moral balancing and discourses of responsibility and guilt in Swedish cases constrain the agency possible for women and suggest that a more comprehensive policy in Sweden must be developed to include violent men, their agency, and their responsibility for the violence.

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Newbury park: SAGE , 2010. Vol. 16, no 2, 173-188 p.
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criminal law, gender equality, legal discourse
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-30836DOI: 10.1177/1077801209355515ISI: 000273344800004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-30836DiVA: diva2:287536
Available from: 2010-01-19 Created: 2010-01-19 Last updated: 2017-12-12

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