Knus bollerne! En genealogisk analyse af opkomsten af den pædofile

Anna Dorph U Ullerichs & Nanna Elming Nielsen

Student thesis: Master thesis


This thesis seeks to investigate the paedophile. More concretely, the thesis seeks answer the question of how the paedophile has been constituted throughout history by a variety of discursive practices. The theoretical standpoint is Michel Foucault and his analytical framework of the genealogy. The thesis will especially use concepts such as discursive practices, continuity and discontinuity. The motivation behind this subject stems from the way in which the paedophile is portrayed and debated in Denmark. Every article we read on the subject of sexual relations between an adult and a child the tone is harsher than with any other subject. We do not question whether it is wrong to engage in such a relation, however, we find it interesting that the paedophile has become the embodiment of the worst monster of society. Starting in 1866 with the Danish law establishing the age of consent this thesis outlines and investigates the historical perspective of understanding sexual relations between adults and children. The thesis moves chronologically and has seven impact points that will be dealt with in depth. By analysing these impact points the thesis concludes by highlighting three points; That the paedophile is constituted as both a paedophile and a child molester, that the paedophile as a problem is defined by a variety of opposing constructions and that the paedophile as a phenomenon has launched a diversity of managerial issues in institutions where adults and children meet. As such, this thesis contributes with a reflexive and critical view of who the paedophile is. By showing how the understanding of sexual relations between adults and children has evolved through Danish history, we show that the paedophile is not a constant object, but an ever-changing one. The purpose of the thesis is to provoke and stir up the firmly established societal attitudes towards the paedophile.

EducationsMSocSc in Political Communication and Managment, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2016
Number of pages115