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Mäktig eller osynlig: En diskursanalys ur genusperspektiv om hur maskulinitet tolkas och värderas i genusmedvetna texter och i museers utställningar
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Powerful or invisible : A discourse analysis from a gender perspective on how masculinity is interpreted and valued in gender conscious texts and in the exhibitions of the museums (English)
Abstract [en]

The survey aims to problematize masculinity in the exhibitions of the museum.  In what way is masculinity interpreted and valued in exhibitions? What is the attitude towards masculinity in gender oriented museological texts? This study investigates in which way masculinity is written about – how interpretations of masculinity emerge in the texts and what consequences this may have.

The survey is based on the method of discourse analysis and the material is processed from a gender perspective. The source material consists of museological texts dealing with the topic of gender and museology, which also is the core material. A complement to this is a selection of exhibition catalogs from museums as well as reviews which are also based on art exhibitions. The main point of the source material consists of the museological texts.

The survey highlights that the gender-conscious museological discourse understands, interpret and evaluate masculinity on a more or less given regulatory framework. The classification of this framework means that masculinity is understood in terms of power or unmanliness as a norm and representation. The result is a definition that is reproduced and transmitted via testimony, texts. This contributes to a perception of masculinity which is formulated in evaluative attitudes – about masculinity itself seen as a problem.

The discursive framework which the gender-conscious texts consists of constructs the perception of masculinity, and are not merely observations about masculinity as reflections of reality. The discursive classification presumes what there is to know, or what can be found in the study and interpretation of masculinity, men or masculinity. The gender conscious museological discourse affects how truths and statements are constructed, developed and reproduced. The attitude towards masculinity – the perception of masculinity – in the gender-conscious museological discourse as it manifests itself in these texts, is that masculinity in practice doesn’t need to be problematized. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 88 p.
Uppsatser inom musei- & kulturarvsvetenskap, ISSN 1651-6079 ; 86
Keyword [en]
Museum, Museology, Exhibitions, Discourse, Discourse analysis, Masculinity, Gender, Classification, Interpre-tation
Keyword [sv]
Museum, museologi, utställningar, diskurs, diskursanalys, maskulinitet, genus, klassificering, tolkning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-160477OAI: diva2:451422
Subject / course
Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-10-25 Created: 2011-10-24 Last updated: 2011-10-25Bibliographically approved

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