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Political attitudes towards LGBT-persons in contemporary Swedish family policies: An analysis around the concepts of freedom and tolerance in the Swedish society
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies. Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The objective of this research was to contribute to the discussion about LGBT-rights in Swedish politics. Some previous findings suggested that one political party in particular, the Swedish Democrats, had an opposing stance towards LGBT-persons. To investigate this, the first research question aimed to find out if there are in fact any notable differences between the different parties in the Swedish parliament in this regard. The second research question was designed in order to examine all related opinions of the parties in the light of positive and negative freedom. The third research question aimed to find out how the attitudes from the political parties could be understood within a perspective of tolerance. The analytical framework is based on the concept of tolerance, and the concepts of positive and negative freedom which were originally developed by Isiah Berlin. The study is a qualitative text-analysis with an abductive approach. Argumentation analysis has been applied when suitable. The study found that the Swedish Democrats was the most restrictive party in this context. Moreover, the studied policies were found to have characteristics of both negative and positive freedom, and they were generally approved upon by the political parties. Lastly, the Swedish Democrats and the Christian Democrats were argued to be tolerant towards these LGBT-policies, even though the policies were mostly disliked due to moral clashes against their core family values.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Negative freedom, positive freedom, tolerance, intolerance, Isaiah Berlin, LGBT, Sweden, Swedish politics, family policies
National Category
Social Sciences Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-53009OAI: diva2:933369
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Political Science
2016-06-03, K3040, Linnaeus University, Växjö, 09:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2016-06-07 Created: 2016-06-04 Last updated: 2016-06-07Bibliographically approved

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