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Do schools normalise sexual harassment? An analysis of a legal case regarding sexual harassment in a Swedish high school
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2148-8044
Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, USA.
2017 (English)In: Gender and Education, ISSN 0954-0253, E-ISSN 1360-0516Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Sexual harassment has become so frequent and ubiquitous in schools that these behaviours have become normalised and expected. In order to prevent the re-enactment and perpetuation of this problem, it is important to explore processes that contribute to its existence. A high school sexual harassment lawsuit in Sweden is used as a case study to illustrate ways that might explain how sexual harassment is normalised at the organisational level. A thematic analysis has been used to identify themes and subthemes. The results show a multi-layered web of factors and practices related to sexual harassment at the organisational level in the school. In order to change a school’s culture from one where sexual harassment is normalised, multiple needs must be addressed: organisational weaknesses must be strengthened; adults enact their responsibility to change the situation; and awareness of the relationship between sexual harassment, gender, and power needs to be increased.

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Adolescence, discrimination law, gender safety, gender-based violence, gender regime, organisational level
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-32160DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2017.1396292OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-32160DiVA, id: diva2:1160542
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Swedish Research Council, dnr: 344-2011-5104Available from: 2017-11-27 Created: 2017-11-27 Last updated: 2017-11-28Bibliographically approved

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