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Tjejer med smak kör Volvo med flak: En etnografisk studie om femininitet och flickskap inom A-traktorkultur
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study draws from qualitative interviews with seven teenage girls in several areas of mid-Sweden. In various degrees, all girls participate in the A-traktor culture. The purpose of the study is to examine how teenage girls construct femininity in the A-traktor culture. It also focuses on how the subculture shape and constrains an A-traktor girlhood. The study showed that the girls participating in the subculture are doing femininity through different negotiations and strategies. The A-traktor girlhood negotiates conventional norms and practices within the subculture as well as with structural conventional norms related to young girls outside the subculture. In order to gain recognition as authentic members of the A-traktor culture, the girls adapt to the masculinized norms in the subculture. Hence, the A-traktor girlhood’s gender negotiations were constrained by the normative framework of the subculture. But the masculinized norms of the culture could also create opportunities for the girls to ”trouble” their performances of femininity to a greater extent compared with the time before entering the A-traktor culture. The A-traktor girlhood’s alternative discourses and practices gave the girls room to maneuver within and also in opposition to the masculinized codes and norms in the subculture. The spatial A-traktor culture and its masculinized normative framework could be used as a place where the girlhood could oppose to societal conventional notions of femininity. The study draws its theoretical framework from gender as performative, spatial orientation and intersectionality. Research on girlhood, youth culture and motor culture has also been essential in the process of analyzing constructions of femininity and girlhood in the A-traktor culture. 

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-164818OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-164818DiVA, id: diva2:1280427
Available from: 2019-01-22 Created: 2019-01-18 Last updated: 2019-01-22Bibliographically approved

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