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”… ett naturligt umgänge mellan förälder och barn.”: – en kritisk lingvistisk analys, ur ett genusperspektiv, av avgörandehov- och tingsrättsdomar mellan åren 2008-2011
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this qualitative study was to examine how Swedish courts (“hovrätt” and “tingsrätt”), in written language, linguistically construct mothers and fathers. The studyentails five legal cases concerning custody battles pertaining to “föräldrabalk”, i.e., the Children and Parents code, chapter 6, §2 and §5. The five legal cases considerheterosexual couples between the years 2008-2011. The study demonstrates not only whether linguistic constructions of gender exist in these legal cases, but also how Swedish courts linguistically handle the constructions of gender according to importantrelational category concepts. The selected category concepts are conflict, interpersonalskills, parental ability, continuity, stability, and socializing (i.e., between parents andchildren). The method used in this study is a critical linguistic analysis based on thetheoretical framework of social constructionism and gender theory. One of the mainresults of this study is that it clearly demonstrates a selective choice of words and phrasesthat are not gender neutral. For example, Swedish courts characterize the ability of mothers to care for a child or mothers’ socialization with a child with words such as“normal” and “natural”. However, most of the text in the legal cases is gender neutral.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
gender, sex, conflict, interpersonal skills, parental ability, continuity, stability, socializing, Swedish court, custody battle, social constructionism
Keyword [sv]
genus, kön, konflikt, samarbetsförmåga, föräldraförmåga, kontinuitet, stabilitet, umgänge, rättsväsen, vårdnadstvist, socialkonstruktionism
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-70807OAI: diva2:482710
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-02-16 Created: 2012-01-24 Last updated: 2012-02-21Bibliographically approved

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