Klara Hermansson


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Arbetar vid Kriminologiska institutionen
Besöksadress Universitetsvägen 10 C, plan 6
Rum C 690
Postadress Kriminologiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

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Kriminalpolitik, Kriminologi I

Handledning av examensarbete, Kriminologi III



Kriminalpolitik, politiska partier, symboler, emotioner, svensk valdebatt


Pågående projekt:

Symboler och känslor i kriminalpolitisk debatt inför svenska riksdagsval


Det övergripande syftet med denna avhandling är att studera de politiska partiernas kriminalpolitik utifrån de symboler och känslor som används av partierna i den kriminalpolitiska debatten inför svenska riksdagsval. Detta görs genom tre delstudier som alla undersöker den kriminalpolitiska debatten inför svenska riksdagsval. I den första delstudien analyseras symboliska utsagor i den politiska debatten inför riksdagsvalet 2014. I delstudie två är fokus på begreppet trygghet som i denna studie förstås som en effektiv kriminalpolitisk symbol i den svenska kontexten. Den tredje delstudien vidgas intresset för känslor och det politiska användandet av olika känslor undersöks ur ett emotionssociologiskt perspektiv.



Hermansson, K. (2018) ”Den svenska tryggheten. En studie av en kriminalpolitisk symbol.” Sociologisk forskning, 55 (2-3): 179–202.

Hermansson, K. (2018) “The role of symbolic politics in exceptional crime policy debate: a study of the 2014 Swedish general election.” Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, 19 (1): 22–40.

Heber, A. & Hermansson, K. (2015) “Crime and punishment in Sweden”, in: Jennings, W. G. (ed.), The encyclopedia of crime and punishment.



Hermansson, K. (2017) “The symbolic meaning of the Swedish concept ‘trygghet’ – between welfare and punishment”, Presentation vid NSfK working group om nordisk kriminalpolitik, Helsingfors.

Hermansson, K. (2016) ”Trygghet som kriminalpolitisk symbol – mellan välfärd och straff”, Presentation vid NSfKs 58. Forskerseminar (s. 402 – 406) Borgarnes: Nordisk Samarbejdsråd for Kriminologi.

Hermansson, K. (2015) “Political parties on crime policy – Symbolic politics and technicalities in Swedish electoral debate 2014”, Presentation vid European Society of Criminology, Porto.

Hermansson, K. (2014) ”Politiska partier och kriminalpolitisk debatt - symbolpolitik och teknikaliteter i svensk valdebatt 2014”, Presentation vid NSfKs 56. forskerseminar (s. 57 – 68). Aarhus: Nordisk Samarbejdsråd for Kriminologi.


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  • 2018. Klara Hermansson. Sociologisk forskning 55 (2-3), 179-202

    Public safety in Sweden. A study of a crime policy symbol

    Public safety has become an increasingly important part of crime policy debates in the Western countries. In Sweden, the concepts of trygghet (safety) and its negative counterpart otrygghet (insecurity) are often used in discussions about public safety and fear of crime. In this article, I argue that in order to understand Swedish crime policy, the symbolic meaning of these concepts cannot be overlooked. The political debates on public safety preceding the general elections in 2006, 2010 and 2014 are analysed with reference to three political parties: the Social Democratic party, the Conservative Party (Moderaterna) and the Sweden Democrats. By analysing the concept of safety (trygghet) as a condensation symbol, with its imaginative potential stemming from the historically strong relation between safety and the welfare state, this article illustrates how political solutions within the crime policy field are depicted as benign and universal. The article further explores how the political usage of the concept of safety generates feelings of ”national pride” to the general public.

  • 2018. Klara Hermansson. Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention 19 (1), 22-40

    Symbolic politics are often considered to be closely linked to an alarmist rhetoric, as well as to punitive crime policy initiatives. This article explores the symbolic dimension of the Swedish crime policy debate. Since Sweden is frequently depicted as an antithesis to punitive Anglophone societies, exploring symbolic politics in this setting might expand our understanding of what symbolic statements may consist of. The article analyses the electoral campaign preceding the Swedish general election of 2014, with the aim of identifying which symbolic statements occupy a central position in the debate through the use of a qualitative content analysis. This analysis reveals an ambiguous political rhetoric, comprising morally and emotionally charged condemnatory statements about getting tough on crime, as well as reformist and restrained references to expert knowledge and long-term solutions. On the one hand, these reformist statements strengthen the image of Swedish crime policy as being based on ideals such as rationality and humanity. On the other, they also serve to legitimize and obscure penal expansion.

  • 2015. Anita Heber, Klara Hermansson. The encyclopedia of crime and punishment
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