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A Critical Discourse Analysis of Sexual Violence and Power: #metoo in Swedish media
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

During the fall of 2017, a campaign named #metoo went viral on Twitter. The purpose of #metoo was to highlight how many that had experiences of sexual harassments and assaults. The campaign did also gain a lot of attention in traditional Swedish media. By looking at #metoo in Swedish printed media during the month of November in 2017, I have examined how the concept of sexual violence have been articulated, negotiated and represented. Sexual violence is a matter that has been important for both feminist scholars and activists for a long time, both from a theoretical and material perspective. Guided by a critical discourse analysis and a feminist poststructural approach, I have looked at sexual violence as a phenomenon that is discursively made and therefore, also non-stable and always up for negotiation depending on the specific time, place and context it is produced in. In my material, I have found three themes, boundaries, institutionalisation and tensions. They all, in different ways, support that by providing a picture of sexual violence as a fluid concept without clear boundaries, a tendency to turn all the issues of sexual harassments into a failure of the employer liability and the working environment. Also, by providing a picture of a colliding word view of sexual violence as both a brand new phenomenon in Sweden (especially related to immigration) and something that has always been a reality in many people’s life.

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2018. , p. 62
Keywords [en]
sexual violence, rape, sexual harassment, #metoo, critical discourse analysis, poststructuralism
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-149794ISRN: LIU-Tema G/GSIC2-A-18/008-SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-149794DiVA, id: diva2:1234267
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Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, Two Year
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2018-06-07, Linköping, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2018-08-07 Created: 2018-07-23 Last updated: 2018-08-07Bibliographically approved

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