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En berg- och dalbana av genusstrategier: En studie om den normativa genusbildens konsekvenser för kvinnor med erfarenhet av narkotikamissbruk.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Social Work.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
A rollercoaster of gender strategies : A study about the consequences of normative gender images for women with experience of drug abuse (English)
Abstract [en]

A qualitative interview study how the normative gender images affects on women, their roles and positions in a drug abuse. The purpose of this study aims to shed a light at the consequences that the normative gender scenario inflicts on women with drug abuse and how these prejudices affects these women. Based on interviews with four different women who all lived with a drug abuse we have problematized how the gender system and the normative gender images affected them. We have used gender perspectives and social constructivism theories while analyzing the empirical basis. More specifically we use the theories of Butler about how gender constructs through performative actions and Hirdmans theories of the gender system. The paper ends with a discussion of the result and a description of how the women through the socialization process is shaped to meet the normative image of women. In the subculture they adopt a more masculine appearance in order to achieve respect and status. When the women decides to leave the drug abuse and the subculture they are expected to once again adapt to the normative image of their gender, which on a micro level becomes a rollercoaster of gender strategies for the individual woman.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
Female drug abusers, gender, social construction, gender theory
Keyword [sv]
Kvinnor, narkotikamissbruk, social konstruktion, genusteori
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-20214OAI: diva2:535447
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-06-29 Created: 2012-06-19 Last updated: 2012-06-29Bibliographically approved

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