Female Genital Mutilation as a Social Norm: Exploring Whether the Practise of Female Genital Mutilation can be Considered a Social Norm

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title Female Genital Mutilation as a Social Norm: Exploring Whether the Practise of Female Genital Mutilation can be Considered a Social Norm
Author Noresson, Astrid
Date 2020
English abstract
A considerable amount of scholars, researchers and international actors have labeled the practise of female genital mutilation (FGM) a social norm, a large majority of these have failed to consider why they have made such a classification. This thesis investigates whether considering FGM a social norm is justifiable. This is done by applying the practise to Cristina Bicchieri’s model for diagnosing collective behaviour. The material which is used include quantitative data derived from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), as well as qualitative data in the form of previously conducted interviews. The social norms theory, and secondary analysis as a method, are used. Applying the practise of FGM to Bicchieri’s model showed that FGM fulfills the criteria suggested by the model which indicates that a collective practise is a social norm, which led to the conclusion that FGM can be justifiably considered a social norm.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject Human Rights
Social Norms
Female Genital Mutilation
Cristina Bicchieri
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/32134 Permalink to this page
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