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Diskursanalys om rättens roll i produceringen och upprätthållandet av normer som berör kvinnor som mördar

Lunds universitet/Rättssociologiska enheten
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  • Power Practice.
  • Discourse
  • Female Criminality
  • Norms
  • Legal Judgments
  • Murder
  • Social Sciences
  • Law And Political Science
  • Law
  • Linguistics


In regards to the different views we have in society and norms that we follow it is often hard to confirm where they come from and where they are established. The courts and the legal judgments that they produce can potentially be viewed as a source that has the power and ability to create, establish as well as uphold views and norms that lie in society. Female criminality is a discourse which does not have a loud voice in society which in return means that society does not know much about female criminality, and far less about female criminals that get convicted for murder. By analyzing ten legal judgments collected from the swedish district courts using a discourse analysis where a female has been convicted for murder in Sweden the aim for this essay is to reveal the norms that the courts produce and uphold as well as to see if the norms comes with any aspects of power practice and if so what possible motivations and consequences that might lie behind those. The results show that the courts do produce and uphold a particular norm of the female murderer and that this view is based on her living situation something that is mirrored in the scientific research. The research has an emphasis on how to help these women something that the judgments do not. The view which is upheld through the judgments shows a silent power practice as a part of maintaining the legal patriarchal system which is the court, creating consequences that echoes a view of females that commit murder that speaks of victimization and stigmatization and which in return speaks of an inequality before the law. It is clear that the court plays a large role in the upholding of the view of females that commit murder through the legal judgments that they produce.

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