Research Seminar in Sociology of Law with Zara Saeidzadeh
The Sociology of Law Department arranges a series of research seminars inviting local and international social scientists to present state-of-the-art research within various areas of law and society.
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Violence against Trans* Women within Family and Workplace in Sweden: A Qualitative Analysis of Socio-Legal Status
Zara Saeidzadeh is undertaking a qualitative study examining violence against trans* women within families and workplaces in Sweden. To examine the extent to which trans* women experience violence in Sweden, the research is trying to understand trans* women’s citizenship by investigating how their status and needs as citizens are recognized in Swedish law and society. Through a socio-legal approach, Saeidzadeh investigates how trans* women’s status and needs are recognized in the process of developing intimate relationships or forming a family as well as a future employment career. By looking at two legislations: Fastställande av könstillhörighet i visa fall known as könstillhörighetslagen (1972: 119), and Diskrimineringslag (2008: 567), the research engages with the reports, debates and discussions around trans* women’s social status and needs in Sweden at the level of the Swedish government, academia and activism since 2010.
The research’s theoretical framework is inspired by the 3-dimensional understanding of social justice presented by Nancy Fraser (2000, 2008), the concept of trans* citizenship developed by Surya Monro (2003, 2010), as well as by adopting the method of document analysis to examine the laws and policies. Hence, the misrecognition of trans* women’s status and their needs in the legal and social policies and practices has created space for gender inequalities and the occurrence of violence against trans* women in several aspects of life including access to family formation and employment. As such, the recognition of trans* women’s status as equal citizens in policymaking is contingent on the recognition of trans* women’s needs and the protection of their social and legal rights.
Zara Saeidzadeh is a postdoctoral researcher in Gender Studies at Örebro University (Sweden) currently working on a project called "Violence against Trans* Women within Family and Workplace in Sweden: A Qualitative Analysis of Socio-Legal Status" funded by the Swedish Research Council for Working Life, Healthcare and Welfare (FORTE). In this project, Zara studies trans* women's citizenship by examining the social and legal status of trans* women in Sweden and their experiences of violence in family formation and employment. Zara's work is in feminist socio-legal studies, gender and sexuality studies and trans* studies.
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