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The Politisation of Feminist Research into Men's Violence against Women
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2012 (English)In: Australian feminist studies (Print), ISSN 0816-4649, E-ISSN 1465-3303, Vol. 27, no 71, 93-109 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 2001, the first major study of the extent of men's violence against women in Sweden reported that almost every other woman had been exposed to male violence. This article investigates how this feminist-based survey was negotiated by the press and in national politics. The legitimacy of the investigation was undermined in a number of ways, both in the media and in politics. The report was defined as partial and not as reliable as 'conventional' criminological research. The resistance provoked by the investigation is here interpreted as a way of producing nationalistic notions, where 'Swedishness' is recreated as being woman-friendly, just and equal. In Sweden we have come a long way towards gender equality. In some respects-as regards female representation, for instance-we have come further than any other country in the world. Despite this, much remains to be done in a large number of fields. The work is of a long-term nature requiring determination, patience, commitment and not least-knowledge. (Regeringskansliet 2000, 3; emphasis added)

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2012. Vol. 27, no 71, 93-109 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-79721DOI: 10.1080/08164649.2011.621179ISI: 000304186700007OAI: diva2:551964


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