This paper explores how ‘the paedophile’ as a character is socially constructed in Denmark from 1948 until now. It does so by examining the discourse in the daily press, as well as other mainstream media and compares it to the historical context. The construction of ‘the paedo- phile’ as presented in the daily press, is concluded on the base of discursive analyses. The analyses show the perspectives of everyday people, as well as professionals in the field of psychology and sexology. These perspectives are compared to the institutional and medical definitions from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Michel Foucault’s Viljen til viden – Seksualitetens Historie I, explains theories involving several social mechanisms with constructing effects on both the subjectification of the individual and the society. These theories are used to show how our material explains and creates reality. The theories are used as a tool to comprehend man- kind’s constructivist understanding of sexuality.
This paper discusses the directions in which the discourse on paedophilia might be going, and the problems of the discourse of today. Through researching the media, the paper concludes that there has been, and still exist, different views and discourses constructing ‘the paedophile’. The development has been a shifting motion, with not only one-way movements. Despite the alternating debate and discussions about paedophilia through the last 71 years, the construction of ‘the paedophile’ has remained an unwanted sexual minority. The construction is understood through Michel Foucault's concepts of biopower, categorization and subjectivation processes among others.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
- Seksuel minoritet
- Michel Foucault