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Ledarskap och feminism: En studie om organisering och ledarskap i en feministisk organisation
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Leadership and Feminism (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to acquire knowledge about leadership and how an organization that describes to be feminist is organized. This was done by studying how everyday tasks and institutionalised practices interact in the construction of the ”feminist” organization and its leadership. This study is a qualitative case-study based on an exploratory and investigative approach. Data was collected through observation, interviews and document study. The organization used in this study is a political youth organization with a feministic and socialistic agenda. This study is based on social constructionistic ontology and combined structural- and process perspectives on leadership and organization. The analysis was preformed using a theoretical framework comprising new institutional organization theory and a ”doing gender”-perspective.Results show that the studied organization can be described as ”feministic.” The analysis shows that there is a gap between the formal organizational structure and the informal organization. The feministic idea within the organization is mainly present at a discursive level where gender is a central aspect. The leadership within the organization is described by its members as a formal and collective leadership based on an equal leadership ideal. But analysis shows that the described leadership is contradictive. The leadership appears to be a male, gender-based construction at a symbolic level while girls in leading positions are seen as divergent as they are gendered in their leadership. The feministic idea's impact on leadership mainly consists of strengthening, supporting and developing girls as authorities within the organization. Furthermore, this study showed no evidence of a specific ”feminist leadership,” suggesting that a feminist organization does not have to bring a feminist leadership.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna studie har varit att utveckla kunskap om organisering och ledarskap i en organisation som beskriver sig vara feministisk. Det har skett genom att undersöka hur vardagligt görande inom organisationer och institutionaliserade praktiker samverkar i konstruktionen av den ”feministiska” organisationen och dess ledarskap. Studien är en kvalitativ fallstudie utifrån en explorativ och utforskande ansats. Data har samlats in genom observation, intervju och dokumentstudie. Organisationen som har studerats är en feministisk, socialistiskt och politisk ungdomsorganisation. Uppsatsen har utgått från en socialkonstruktionistisk ontologi och ett kombinerat struktur- och processperspektiv på ledarskap och organisering. Analysen har skett med stöd av ett teoretiskt ramverk bestående av nyinstitutionell organisationsteori och ett ”doing gender”-perspektiv.Resultaten visar att den studerade organisationen kan beskrivas som ”feministisk”. Genom analysen har det framkommit att det finns ett glapp mellan den formella organisationsstrukturen och den informella organiseringen. Det yttrar sig genom att den feministiska idén främst framträder på en diskursiv nivå inom organisationen där även kön fått en central position. Ledarskapet beskrivs av organisationens medlemmar som ett formellt och kollektivt ledarskap, vilket utgörs av ett jämställt ledarskapsideal. Men analysen har synliggjort att detta ledarskap innefattar ett flertal motsägelser. Ledarskapet framstår som en manligt könsmärkt konstruktion på en symbolisk nivå inom den studerade organisationen. Tjejer i ledandepositioner får därmed en avvikande position eftersom de könas i sitt ledarskap. Den feministiska idéns inverkan på ledarskapet utgörs främst av att de inom organisationen talar om att stärka, stötta och bygga tjejer som auktoriteter. Ett särskilt ”feministisk ledarskap” har heller inte framträtt i studien, vilket visar på att en feministisk organisering inte nödvändigtvis medför ett feministiskt ledarskap.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 127
Keywords [en]
Leadership, organization, feminist organization, doing gender, new institutional organization theory, organization pedagogy.
Keywords [sv]
Ledarskap, organisering, feministisk organisation, doing gender, nyinstitutionell organisationsteori, organisationspedagogik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-141985OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-141985DiVA, id: diva2:1090052
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