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”Justitia är... eller ska vara...blind”: En rättsociologisk genusstudie av hur kvinnor som gärningspersoner framställs inom domstolsväsendet jämfört med manliga gärningspersoner
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“Justitia is...or is suppose to be…blind” : A gender study in sociology of law of how female offenders are being perceived in the judicial system compared with male offenders. (English)
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med vår undersökning har varit att, genom intervjuer med brottmålsadvokater, undersöka hur kvinnliga och manliga gärningspersoner framställs inom domstolsväsendet, samt hur detta kan förstås utifrån ett genusperspektiv som visar hur sociala konstruktioner bildas, reproduceras och cementeras utifrån kön och förväntade egenskaper vi tillskriver de olika könen. Vår undersökning är kvalitativ då vi för att besvara vårt syfte samt våra frågeställningar har genomfört semistrukturerade intervjuer med ett antal olika brottmålsadvokater som inom sin profession försvarar både kvinnliga och manliga förövare som står åtalade för brott av skiftande allvarlighetsgrad. Som bakgrund till analyserna av empirin har vi använt oss av teoretiska ramar som genus och könsroller samt stereotypisering vilket handlar om den kognitiva snedvridning som kan ske i bedömningen av gärningspersonernas brottslighet. Ett viktigt resultat i studien har visat att det i vissa fall förekommer skillnader i framställningen mellan kvinnliga och manliga gärningspersoner, samt att rättssäkerheten och den lagstadgade objektiviteten genom detta är hotad. 

Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study has been to examine how female and male offenders are represented in the domain of justice substantialised through the Swedish court and legal system. Through interviews with a number of trial lawyers we are aiming for an understanding of these representations related to a gender studies perspective that shows how norms and stereotypes are reproduced and maintained on the basis of sex, gender and expected qualities and capabilities. This study raises questions about objectivity, impartial judgements and in the end justice. We are also trying to illustrate female offenders and how they are perceived in the Swedish court and legal system. Our study is qualitative and to answer our issues we have gone through semi structured interviews with trial lawyers that through their profession has defended both female and male offenders. Our scientific background and theoretical framework is gender and sex studies together with stereotypes and doing stereotypes which is a type of cognitive bias; a subject that we are also presenting. One of the most important results of this study is that there is a difference in how female offenders are represented compared to how male offenders are represented in the Swedish court and law system. Through this result we can see that the statutory objectivity is threatened. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 55 p.
Keyword [en]
Female offenders, gender/sex, cognitive bias, stereotypes, justice, objectivity, impartiality, trial lawyer.
Keyword [sv]
Kön, genus, kognitiv bias, gärningsperson, stereotyper, objektivitet, rättvisa, opartiskhet, brottmålsadvokat.
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32744OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-32744DiVA: diva2:1107129
Subject / course
Social Work
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2017-06-09 Created: 2017-06-08 Last updated: 2017-06-09Bibliographically approved

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