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Den spruckna läppens vals: En studie om misshandel och dess kulturella orsaker i Uppsala 1930-1931
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Violence harms and injures and we often struggle to understand the reasons behind it, as itfrequently seems to arise from trivial and meaningless conditions. However it is possible tocomprehend, there are things we can learn from the violence between people.

In the shadow of the great ideological battles of the 20th century another important social processtook place, regarding the expansion of state power. When the governmental sphere of influenceexpanded, it also changed perceptions concerning crime and punishment. Class society producednew groups of people and the methods of control evolved with the purpose of restricting "the masses ".

The purpose of this essay was to examine how people involved in cases of assault argued aroundtheir own actions as well as the actions they were subjected to and also how they portrayedthemselves and others. The assumption was that this would ultimately uncover norms, values andideals which enabled as well as limited people's behavior during the examined period.

The source material used to answer the questions were court records regarding criminal behaviorobtained from Uppsala City Court and Magistrate. The geographical area of study is the city ofUppsala, and the investigation was set in 1930 and 1931. Uppsala appeared particularly suitable forexamination because of its unique socio-economic composition. The cases of assault found duringthe time period were approached with a qualitative method.

A common link among a majority of the earlier research is that most of it is set during the earlymodern period or the later part of the 19th century. However, the results of this study are broadly in line with the results presented by earlier research.

The theoretical concepts utilized are based on the Norwegian sociologist and criminologist NilsChristie's reasoning. The ideal types ”ideal victim” and ”ideal perpetrator” was used as tools in theinterpretation of the source material.

Several consistent trends in people's argument were encountered; where alcohol, honor andadapting to the situation were the most prominent. It was also found that because of standards basedon gender, class and age there were specific groups of people who appeared more frequently in thematerial than others.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
assault, class, court records, culture, gender, ideal types, norms, violence
Keyword [sv]
Misshandel, klass, domstolsregister, kultur, genus, idealtyper, normer, våld
National Category
History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-324552OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-324552DiVA: diva2:1110354
Subject / course
History
Educational program
Upper Secondary School Teacher Education Programme
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Available from: 2017-06-27 Created: 2017-06-15 Last updated: 2017-06-27Bibliographically approved

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