Bland amasoner och eunucker: En kvalitativ studie av patografier av kvinnor med bröstcancer och män med prostatacancer
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Narratives about life-changing events like cancer have become more common in today’s society. The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether gender patterns in society can also be found in pathographies about cancer, and further to investigate how gender is expressed in these cancer related narratives. Questions were posed on characteristics of the autobiographical cancer narratives, how gender is constructed by the authors of these narratives, and what these narratives say about gender structures’ liability to change in the individuals affected by this disease.
The material consisted of two Swedish pathographies about breast cancer, written by women, and two Swedish pathographies about prostate cancer, written by men. These works were published in the first decade of the present century. Narrative interpretation was used as the analysis method. The results show that gender patterns expressed in these narratives mainly follow conventional standards. Gender structures appear to be resistant to change in men and women diagnosed with cancer. The narratives by the women authors appear though to be somewhat more open to using the notions of manhood than was sees in narratives by the male authors regarding norms of femininity.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun, 2011. , 46 p.
pathography, cancer, gender structure, gender, narrative analysis, narrative
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:du-6410OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:6410DiVA: diva2:519221
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law