A Forbidden Sexuality: A Foucault inspired power analysis of the management of paedophiles

Maria Kasimira Millika Kristensen & Katrine Lindvig Iversen

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

The Danish society is a highly sexualized society, our sexuality is an integral part of our identityand well-being more than ever before. Coincidentally we take a deeper interest in our children thanpreviously in our history; they are our future and our greatest treasure.A society that is both highly sexualized and deeply interested in its children becomes a dilemmiccombination that makes it difficult to approach a specific socially polarized sexual orientation, i.e.paedophilia. Paedophilia is a complex problem and there is generally a lack of knowledge about it.Our Master’s thesis aims to investigate and problematize how paedophiles are generally representedand managed in Denmark. We thereby hope to illustrate the complexity in the problem area knownas "paedophilia".Based on this, our problem statement is as follows: "How are paedophiles constructed asvarious subjects as a result of different forms of knowledge and power, and how does this affect themanagement of them?"Our theoretical standpoint is Michel Foucault, and our analytical framework is inspired byhis work on power. We intend to answer our problem statement by conducting a power analysis ofthe various management practices surrounding the paedophile. Our power analysis is based onFoucault’s work on the interplay between knowledge, power and subjectivity.We find out that paedophilia is a problem which is spread out to different managementpractices, and these form the paedophile as different subjects, for which reason we find out that thepresentation of the paedophile is contingent. This contingent nature has different consequences forthe management of paedophile, which then becomes paradoxical, ineffective and stigmatizing.Our thesis does not aim to find a solution for the management challenges, rather we aim tocontribute with a new and critical aspect regarding the management of paedophiles and the logicthereof.

EducationsMSocSc in Political Communication and Managment, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageDanish
Publication date2019
Number of pages108
SupervisorsMads Peter Karlsen