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The rise of carceral feminism in sweden: analysing political debate and policy on men's violence against women
Mid Sweden University, Department of Psychology and Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7878-4309
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6401-889X
2023 (English)In: Women's Studies: International Forum, ISSN 0277-5395, E-ISSN 1879-243X, Vol. 99, article id 102780Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing on recent parliamentary debates and policy proposals, this article illustrates how penal policies and punitive agendas to combat gendered violence are on the rise in Sweden. While right-wing parties have long deployed a rhetoric of crime and punishment, today the Social Democrats and Left Party (labelling themselves feminist), as well as parts of the women's shelter movement, are deploying a similar discourse. This article shows how men's violence against women suddenly became a highly prioritised political issue within a discursive framework of ‘crime and punishment’, thereby asking whether carceral feminism is emerging in Sweden. Firstly, we analyse the logic of this approach, after which we discuss associated risks, such as how carceral feminism (re)shapes the understanding of gendered violence, that it is neither effective nor demanded by victims and has stratifying and stigmatising effects on racialised communities. Furthermore, it silences material welfare solutions and ultimately legitimates the expansion of penal policies, thereby providing a foundation for a carceral state in which repression becomes the standard response to social problems.

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Elsevier, 2023. Vol. 99, article id 102780
Keywords [en]
Intimate partner violence, Violence in close relationships, Penal populism, Carceral state, Punitive turn, Punishment
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-209607DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2023.102780Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85161289340OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-209607DiVA, id: diva2:1765938
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2021-01373Available from: 2023-06-12 Created: 2023-06-12 Last updated: 2023-06-28Bibliographically approved

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