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Vad vi inte får se: 100 år av censurpolitik
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2009 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The thesis studies Swedish film censorship during the years 1911-2000. The purpose is to describe and analyse governmental standpoints and to relate them to three different normative beliefs. More precisely the objective is to analyse to what extent Swedish film censorship reflects egalitarian, perfectionist or libertarian beliefs

A chronology expresses the main results of this thesis. In the first period, between 1911 and 1938, perfectionist beliefs are dominating. In the second period, between 1939 and 1959, egalitarian beliefs follow ideas of protection against harm at the expense of perfectionist beliefs about bad taste. In the third period, between 1960 and 1970 the beliefs, an egalitarian approach, rely more on science and research rather than on moral knowledge. Between1971-2000 the theme of protection against harm reflect both egalitarian and perfectionist beliefs.

The thesis draws three general conclusions. First that there is continuity in the conviction that film could have a harmful influence on children. This continuity is independent of the different normative beliefs. Secondly, no argument has been made that the film sphere could do without any kind state surveillance. Thirdly, orthodox libertarian beliefs are more or less absent in the Swedish discourse. To the extent that such beliefs prevail, they are integrated parts of wider complex of mostly egalitarian beliefs.



Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Statsvetenskapliga institutionen, Stockholms universitet , 2009. , 118 p.
, Stockholm Studies in Politics, ISSN 0346-6620 ; 130
Keyword [en]
censorship, perfectionism, egalitarianism, libertarianism, free speech, film
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-26874ISBN: 978-91-7155-878-7OAI: diva2:211753
Public defence
2009-05-27, hörsal 11, hus F, Universitetsvägen 10, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-05-06 Created: 2009-04-16 Last updated: 2009-10-12Bibliographically approved

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