Vulnerability, Agency and the Ambivalence of Place in Narratives of Rape in Three High-Profile Swedish Cases

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Vulnerability, Agency and the Ambivalence of Place in Narratives of Rape in Three High-Profile Swedish Cases
Author Andersson, Ulrika ; Edgren, Monika
Research Centre Centre for Sexology and Sexuality Studies
Date 2018
English abstract
For decades, the media have frequently been instrumental in framing rape cases by linking the deed with the place. This study demonstrates that law courts are not innocent of such social framing; on the contrary, they are significant agents. We argue that courts, by shaping the plot in rape cases, participate in an ongoing cultural production of meaning, although in a more subtle and ambivalent way than the media. In a narrative analysis of three contemporary rape cases in Sweden, we bring together feminist research on place with the concepts of vulnerability and agency. We argue that place is framed as ambivalent in relation to vulnerability and agency, and dependent on the positioning of plaintiff and defendant. In court narratives, geographical places are made relevant, including the locations where the alleged rapes took place. Court narratives of rape include highly ambivalent connotations with place in relation to vulnerability and agency, distinguished by different narratives and outcomes in the various instances. The legal and social implications of our work should include an awareness of the relevance of place in relation to rape.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/08038740.2018.1472140 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://doi.org/10.1080/08038740.2018.1472140 .Icon
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Host/Issue Nora - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research;3
Volume 26
ISSN 0803-8740
Language eng (iso)
Subject rape
court narratives
place
vulnerability
agency
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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