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Rape in the Nordic Countries (Open Access)

1st Edition

Edited by Marie Bruvik Heinskou, May-Len Skilbrei, Kari Stefansen

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288 pages

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While the Nordic countries are listed at the top in most international rankings of gender equality and citizens’ feelings of security, studies on the prevalence of sexual victimisation present a different picture, suggesting that the very countries that have invested much in establishing gender equality actually see a high prevalence of sexual violence. This book sheds light on the phenomenon and construction of rape and other forms of sexual violence within the Nordic region, exploring the ways in which rape and sexual violence are dealt with through criminal law and considering governmental policies aimed at combatting it, with a special focus on legal regulations and developments. Thematically organised, it offers new research on perpetrators, victimhood, criminal justice and prevention. Multi-disciplinary in approach, it brings together the latest work from a range of scholars to offer insights into the situation in the five Nordic countries, asking how and why rape and other forms of sexual violence occur, whilst also addressing the timely issues of online sexual cultures, BDSM and the grey areas of sexual offences. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology, criminology and law with interests in gender and sexual violence.

Reviews

"This edited collection constitutes a landmark in helping a wider audience appreciate the challenges in assuming a 'Nordic exceptionalism' when it comes to rape and sexual violence. The chapters in this book demonstrate the continuities and differences within Nordic countries and places elsewhere in the world in making sense of what counts as rape and sexual violence, how to count these experiences, and how to make sense of the perpetrators both 'real' and 'digital'. It is a collection which is remarkable in its nuance and its wider contribution to the literature. No matter how much you might think you know about rape and sexual violence, you will definitely benefit from reading the excellent and thought provoking contributions found here." - Sandra Walklate, Eleanor Rathbone Chair of Sociology, University of Liverpool, UK, and Conjoint Chair of Criminology, Monash University, Australia

"This is a truly exceptional volume on how to study, make sense of, and address rape and sexual harm. Focusing on the Nordic region, it provides rich new research on perpetration, victimization, criminal justice, and prevention. The chapters also develop theoretical frameworks that can and should be engaged well beyond this context. It is necessary reading for all those interested in the Nordic region, and to all those interested sexual assault, gender, and public policy." - Shamus Khan, Professor & Chair Department of Sociology, Columbia University, USA

Table of Contents

1. A Nordic Research Agenda on Rape and Sexual Violence

May-Len Skilbrei, Kari Stefansen and Marie Bruvik Heinskou

2. Theorising Sexual Violence in Intimate Relations in Scandinavia

Margunn Bjørnholt

3. Cultivating Ethical Negotiations or Fetishizing Consent in BDSM?

Monika Grønli Rosten

4. Understanding Unwanted Sexual Touching

Kari Stefansen

5. Making the Case for ‘Good Enough’ Rape-Prevalence Estimates

Kari Stefansen, Mette Løvgren and Lars Roar Frøyland

6. From the Protection of Marriage to the Defence of Equality

Riikka J. Kotanen

7. Towards Voluntariness in Swedish Rape Law

Gabriella Nilsson

8. Rape Law and Coercive Circumstances

Helena Jokila and Johanna Niemi

9. Empowered or Protected?

Hildur Fjóla Antonsdóttir

10. Othering the Rapist

Lucas Gottzén and Anna Franzén

11. Sexual Transgressing

Laura Marie Schierff and Marie Bruvik Heinskou

12. Rape in the Age of Internet

Elisabeth Fransson, Trond Martinsen and Elisabeth Staksrud

13. Digital Sexual Violence

Sidsel Kirstine Harder, Kathrine Elmose Jørgensen, Jonathan Priesholm Gårdshus and Jakob Demant

14. Breaking the Silence

Rannveig Sigurvinsdóttir, Bryndís Björk Ásgeirsdóttir and Sara Arnalds

About the Editors

Marie Bruvik Heinskou works as Commissioning Editor at Hans Reitzels Publishing House and as external lecturer at Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. She is former Associate Professor of Sociology at Aalborg University, Denmark and has published on sexual violence and violence in leading international journals.

May-Len Skilbrei is Professor at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo, Norway. She is the co-author of Prostitution Policy in the Nordic Region and has published widely on issues of gender, power and law.

Kari Stefansen works as a Research Professor at Norwegian Social Research, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. She is the co-editor of Collaborating against Child Abuse: Exploring the Nordic Barnahus Model.

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General