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Vem skildras i hbtq+-litteratur för ungdomar?: En studie om representation och erkännande av hbtq+-personer i två bibliografiers boktips
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2020 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Who is portrayed in LGBTQ+ youth literature? : A study on representation and recognition of LGBTQ+ people in the book tips of two bibliographies (English)
Abstract [en]

Swedish public libraries must pay special attention to children and adolescents and offer a wide range of literature that meets the needs of all users. For young LGBTQ+ people, literature can provide confirmation and support their identity formation. This study therefore examines whether all LGBTQ+ identities are represented in youth literature, and what image of LGBTQ+ is conveyed through it. This is done by conducting a quantitative content analysis of 57 book tips of LGBTQ+ youth novels presented in two bibliographies. Using a coding scheme, the contents of the book tips are coded to determine which LGBTQ+ identities are represented. The theory used is Axel Honneth's theory of recognition which means that people must receive recognition from others in order to develop their identity and a positive self-relationship.

The result shows that a large majority of the novels depict homosexuality. There are also a few depictions of bisexuality, trans*, intersex and queer. However, none of the novels portray characters who identify as pansexual, asexual or nonbinary/intergender/genderqueer. This means that it is primarily homosexuals who are recognized through literature and library collections. Other LGBTQ+ identities are recognized to a much lesser extent or not at all, which suggests an unequal treatment of LGBTQ+ people and the dissemination of a misleading image of LGBTQ+. However, there has been a change over time. Both the publication of LGBTQ+ youth literature and the diversity of representation have increased over the past forty years. Despite the positive trend of inclusion, some LGBTQ+ identities still lack representation in the literature and in library collections.

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2020. , p. 39
Keywords [sv]
Hbtq+, ungdomar, skönlitteratur, representation, urval, bibliotek, innehållsanalys, erkännande
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Information Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-91425OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-91425DiVA, id: diva2:1389431
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Library and Information Science
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Library and information science, 180 credits
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Available from: 2020-02-03 Created: 2020-01-29 Last updated: 2020-02-03Bibliographically approved

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