Förbjuden kärlek

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Research has shown that the general attitudes towards emotions have shifted between different cultures as well as within one culture over different periods. During the Middle Ages, for example, control and reason were considered more desirable human qualities than emotions in Western societies. However, from the late 1700s emotions and empathy were described with increasingly positive terms. From now on love and emotional commitments were seen as human virtues. This article examines what consequences this cultural change had upon the assessment of forbidden love relations in a legal context. By analysing three similar criminal cases from different time periods before, during and after the cultural change, it becomes apparent that both lawyers and delinquents were influenced by the cultural norms they were surrounded by. Implicitly, these notions of emotion also affected the actual verdict in some cases.


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Translated title of the contributionForbidden love
Original languageSwedish
Pages (from-to)40-58
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch