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Vad är en man?: En kvalitativ studie om hur unga män kan konstruera maskulinitet
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study has been to examine how young men from Stockholm construct "Masculinity". This has been done by examining what men think is an ”ideal man”, what "makes a man a man", which expectations they meet as men and how the life of a man differs from the life of a woman. This has been examined through three semi-structured group interviews with the total of ten men. The results have been analysed with Raewyn Connells Theory of Masculinities, the idea of “Doing Gender” by Candace West and Don. H Zimmerman and the "Conception of Homosociality" described by Jari Kuosmanen and Karin Holmberg. R. Connell’s Theory of Masculinities provides a description of the “Ideal Man” and reveals what men think "makes a man" along with which expectations a man can meet.

Our results show that men have clear opinions of how an "ideal man" should be,  thus reinforcing the construct of masculinity as described by Connells. Furthermore results indicate that men can see more benefits to being a man than a woman. This can be explained by the fact that men value what men do more than what women do, which can affect the equality between the sexes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
Masculinity, Hegemonic Masculinity, Doing gender, Homosociality, equality of woman and men.
Keyword [sv]
Maskulinitet, hegemonisk maskulinitet, doing gender, homosocialitet, jämställdhet
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Social Sciences Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-77488OAI: diva2:533052
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-06-21 Created: 2012-06-12 Last updated: 2012-06-21Bibliographically approved

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