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Vems ärenden går elden?: En historiografisk jämförelse av Sveriges och Finlands häxprocesser ur ett genusperspektiv
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication.
2020 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Who does the fire serve? : A historiographic comparative study of Swedish and Finnish witch processes seen from a gender perspective. (English)
Abstract [en]

This essay is a comparative historiographic study of how the 17th century witch processes in Sweden and Finland has been described in dissertations, essays and articles over the last 50 years. These countries were chosen for comparison due to Sweden’s female majority of accused and condemned witches, while Finland had almost equal percentages of accused and condemned men and women. The time frame for this study co-relates to the establishment of gender theory in historical science. The four questions that this essay has answered is how the accused, the accusers and the reasons behind the accusations has been described differently over time, as well as which similarities and differences exist between Sweden and Finland. These questions have been analysed with three logics based on gender theories formulated by Yvonne Hirdman, Gro Hageman and Klas Åmark. The progression illustrated how research performed more conscious reasoning about gender over time, as well as how the initial judiciary historians paved the way for social and gender historians. The Finnish witch processes were influenced by the paradigm of female witches from the Swedish Empire, yet only in the western provinces. In eastern Finland, the idea of the male witch lived on. Springing from this conclusion, Finnish researchers claim that post-colonial perspectives as well as post-structural gender theory has a great explanatory value, even outside of their own context. Regardless of the nationality of the accusations a majority was described as rooted in socio-economic jealousy and rivalry within the accused’s own social class.

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2020. , p. 45
Keywords [sv]
1600-tal, häxprocesser, genusperspektiv, historiografi, Sverige, Finland, Östersjöväldet
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History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-47853ISRN: JU-HLK-HIA-1-20200129OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-47853DiVA, id: diva2:1395117
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HLK, History
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2020-01-13, HLK, Jönköping, 15:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2020-03-20 Created: 2020-02-21 Last updated: 2020-03-20Bibliographically approved

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