Miller 2013 Violence

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Author: Stuart Miller

Title: Recognising Men's Violence as Political

Subtitle: An Analysis of the Swedish Feminist Movement and Its Interaction with the State

Thesis: Master's Thesis, Lunds Universitet

Year: Spring 2013

Pages: 59pp.

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Swedish History | Society: Women's Movement

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Abstract: »Sweden is a country which is often praised for its commitment to gender equality, as expressed through its high female parliamentary representation and its adoption of measures such as the criminalisation of sex purchase. What many forget, however, is the role of the feminist movement in bringing this about and the large degree of resistance which it has often faced from the Swedish political establishment. In this thesis, I explore the struggle of the new (or “second wave”) feminist movement, from its emergence in 1968 until the end of the 1990s, to break down the traditional division between public and private and to have male violence, in its many forms, recognised as a political and structural issue. From a radical feminist theoretical perspective, I carry out two historical case studies that help to illuminate this process, one looking at the feminist movement’s struggle against the Sexual Crimes Investigation and the other at the activities of the women’s shelter movement over several decades. Finally, I analyse the state’s apparent willingness in the 1990s to, for the first time, take measures based on a feminist understanding and analysis of male violence and to depart somewhat from the principle of gender neutrality. I consider what some of the reasons for this might be and how much of a role can be attributed to the feminist movement as an independent political actor.« [Source: Master's Thesis]


  Chapter 1: Introduction (p. 4)
  Chapter 2: Purpose, question, existing literature, theory and methods (p. 6)
    2.1: Purpose and question (p. 6)
    2.2: Existing literature (p. 79
    2.3: Theory (p. 9)
    2.4: Methods (p. 15)
  Chapter 3: Background (p. 18)
    3.1: 1968-1979 (p. 18)
    3.2: 1980-1989 (p. 21)
    3.3: 1990-1999 (p. 23)
  Chapter 4: The Politicisation of Violence (p. 23)
    4.1: The 1960s “sexual debate” (p. 25)
    4.2: Rape and the Sexual Crimes Investigation (Case Study 1) (p. 27)
    4.3: The women’s shelter movement (Case Study 2) (p. 35)
  Chapter 5: The Swedish state’s response to the feminist challenge (p. 44)
    5.1: A feminist analysis of the state (p. 44)
    5.2: Government Proposition Kvinnofrid (Women’s Peace) (p. 47)
    5.3: Analysis (p. 51)
  Chapter 6: Conclusions (p. 55)
  References (p. 57)

Added: October 5, 2013 | Last updated: October 5, 2013