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Vasa Skyddskår i möda och kamp: Konstruktioner av manlighet inom Vasa skyddskår mot bakgrund av det finska inbördeskriget 1918
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Vasa Civil Guard in toil and struggle : Constructions of masculinity in the local Civil Guard in the town of Vaasa against the backdrop of the Finnish Civil War in 1918 (English)
Abstract [en]

This essay examines how the local Civil Guard in the town of Vaasa, in the Finnish civil war of 1918, were presented based on the notion of masculinity in texts by Axel Iversén. In this study discourse analysis with a qualitative approach has been applied. The study shows that the role of the Civil Guard in the civil war mainly revolves around the discourse on safeguarding the nation's independence and protecting Finland as a nation. Based on Judith Butler's theory of performativity this study shows how masculinity is created from a repetitive practice based on concepts such as freedom, courage, offensive, equality, youth, organization and efficiency. The study confirms previous research which shows that according to the Civil Guards notion masculine ideals were related to nationalism, patriotism and sacrifice for the nation's independence. Furthermore, the study confirms the importance of the homosocial relations for the construction of masculinity within the Civil Guard. The discourse on offensive action regarding the Civil Guard is prominent, regardless if it is in battle or the organization of the Civil Guard.

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2019. , p. 50
Keywords [en]
Finnish Civil War, Finland, Civil Guard, 20th century, gender, masculinity, discourse
Keywords [sv]
Finska inbördeskriget, Finland, Vasa skyddskår, 1900-tal, genus, maskulinitet, diskurs
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-166537OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-166537DiVA, id: diva2:1379587
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