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Porträtt av Ulrika Andersson. Foto.

Ulrika Andersson

Professor

Porträtt av Ulrika Andersson. Foto.

Vulnerability, agency and the ambivalence of place in narratives of rape in three high-profile Swedish cases

Författare

  • Ulrika Andersson
  • Monika Edgren

Summary, in English

For decades, the media have frequently been instrumental in framing rape cases by linking the deed with the place. This study demonstrates that law courts are not innocent of such social framing; on the contrary, they are significant agents. We argue that courts, by shaping the plot in rape cases, participate in an ongoing cultural production of meaning, although in a more subtle and ambivalent way than the media. In a narrative analysis of three contemporary rape cases in Sweden, we bring together feminist research on place with the concepts of vulnerability and agency. We argue that place is framed as ambivalent in relation to vulnerability and agency and dependent on the positioning of the plaintiff and the defendant. In court narratives geographical places are made relevant, including the locations where the alleged rapes took place. Court narratives of rape include highly ambivalent connotations to place in relation to vulnerability and agency, distinguished by different narratives and outcomes in the various instances. The legal and social implications of our work should include an awareness of the relevance of place in relation to rape.

Avdelning/ar

  • Rätt och utsatthet
  • Mänskliga rättigheter
  • Juridiska institutionen

Publiceringsår

2018-08-23

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

197-209

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research

Volym

26

Issue

3

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Taylor & Francis

Ämne

  • Law

Nyckelord

  • Rape
  • Court narrative
  • Place
  • Vulnerability
  • Agency
  • Criminal law
  • Våldtäkt
  • Sårbarhet
  • Straffrätt

Aktiv

Published

Projekt

  • Rape in Sweden 1990-2013. Historical and intersectional perspectives on rape in different genres

Forskningsgrupp

  • Law and Vulnerabilities
  • Human Rights Law

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 0803-8740