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Tonårskillars omtanke: Hemarbete som värdesymbol
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Teen boys’ care : The household work as a symbol (English)
Abstract [sv]

I de senaste årens debatter om jämställdhet och jämlikhet mellan man och kvinna framstår dessa ofta som binära poler eller motsatser. Ur det växer bilder av hur kvinnor och män ”bör” vara, dessa stereotypa roller riskerar i sig att vara destruktiva när de avhumaniserar individen. Särskilt problematiskt blir de ”manliga” stereotyper som står i motsats till ”kvinnliga” och därmed kvaliteter som t ex omtanke vilka traditionellt setts som feminina. Sambandet mellan omtanke och hemarbete har uppmärksammats i tidigare forskning och används i detta arbete för att problematisera killars stereotypa roll. Syftet med undersökningen var att få insyn i hur killar tänker kring omtanke. Genom kvalitativa samtalsintervjuer med fem tonårskillar framkom att dessa har starka känslor av omtanke och ömsesidighet, något som allt för sällan uppmärksammas i relation till rollen som kille. Slutsatsen är att debatten om jämställdhet och jämlikhet behöver nyanseras till att se personen bakom rollen och inte bara könet. Fastnar vi i polarisering missar vi människan och bidrar istället till vidare ojämlikhet. Genom att med elever i skolan se och arbeta med (köns)roller som etiketter som faktiskt motverkar personligt ansvar, och därmed också omtanke, kan vi tydligare förstå och förändra attityder och inställningar kring hemarbete och (familjens) relationer.

Abstract [en]

In recent debates on gender equality, men and women often appear as binary poles or opposites. This leads to stereotypes of how men and women ‘should’ be. These stereotypical roles can in themself be destructive by dehumanising the individual. Particularly problematic are the "male" stereotypes that are contrary to the "feminine" and therefore qualities such as care, which has traditionally been seen as feminine. The relationship between care and housework has been highlighted in previous research and is used in this work to problematise boys’ stereotyped role. The purpose of this study was to gain insight into how boys think about care. Qualitative interviews with five teenage boys revealed that they had strong feelings of kindness and reciprocity, which is all too rarely seen in relation to the generalised role of a male. The conclusion is that the debate on gender and equality needs to be turned to see the person behind the role and not just the gender. When we get stuck in polarisation, we don’t see the human, and instead we reaffirm further inequality. By having students and teachers in schools see and work on (gender) roles as labels that actually discourage personal responsibility, and therefore care, we can more clearly understand and change attitudes and beliefs about housework and (family) relationships.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 35 p.
Keyword [sv]
genus, jämställdhet, pojkar, flickor, hemkunskap, könsroller, hemarbete, känslor, motivation, maskuliniteter
National Category
Food Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-155472OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-155472DiVA: diva2:426183
Subject / course
Home Economics
Educational program
Teacher Education Programme
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-08-02 Created: 2011-06-22 Last updated: 2012-11-15Bibliographically approved

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