Afraid and restricted vs bold and equal: Women’s fear of violence and gender equality discourses in Sweden
2013 (English)In: The European Journal of Women's Studies, ISSN 1350-5068, E-ISSN 1461-7420, Vol. 20, no 2, 189-203 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study analyses the responses and reactions among women in Umeå during the period of threat from the Haga Man: a serial rapist operating between 1998 and 2006, and highlights how women in this new situation handled feelings of vulnerability and fearof violence in public space. The article analyses the ways women positioned themselves in their narratives and how this could be understood in terms of how they negotiated spaces for agency within a context where public space has been represented as safe and gender-equal. Women’s fear of violence is discussed in relation to Swedish genderequality discourses and contextual constructions of femininity. The research is based on empirical data collected through in-depth interviews with women in Umeå. The results show the difficulties of claiming the official position of a gender-equal femininity. The informants’ ambivalence, and partly anger, in relation to a femininity they wanted but could not have also created an opportunity for critique of women’s position in society and thus a challenge to a presumed gender equality that stands in the way of addressing issues of gendered power relations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2013. Vol. 20, no 2, 189-203 p.
Fear of Violence, Femininity, Gender Equality, Narrative Analysis, Sweden
Gender Studies Human Geography
Research subject Social and Economic Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-68404DOI: 10.1177/1350506812463911OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-68404DiVA: diva2:616762