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”Hon är min bästa tjejkompis”: En narrativanalys av kärlek och genus i Kamratposten
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“She is my best girl friend” : A narrative analysis of love and gender in Kamratposten (English)
Abstract [en]

Kamratposten is a swedish magazine aimed at youth aged 8-14. They write about almost everything that concerns youth, all the way from dealing with loneliness to animals and celebrities. This study concentrates at how they write about love. With a qualitiative narrative analysis of the 12 articles that concerns love from the 2013 issues of Kamratposten, I have tried to answer the questions: - What narratives about love are being constructed in Kamratposten 2013?

- How do they construct males, females and gender in their articles about love?

What I found was that the hetero normativity, or the heterosexual matrix as Judith Butler calls it, was very strong in the articles. Only 1 out of 12 articles concerned homosexual love and none mentioned other sexual orientations. There is also a strong division with girls and boys, whom are often separated through their relationships as lovers or friends. A girl friend is not the same as a boy friend. This is a narrative about what Yvonne Hirdman (2001) calls the first rule of manliness: A man is not a woman. (s. 48) Besides from that, the gender roles constructed in Kamratposten is not very traditional nor stereotypical, with boys being sensitive and lost and girls being active and experts. On one hand, Kamratposten’s stories about love constructs a traditional picture about love and boys and girls, with heterosexual relationships as the norm, and on the other hand they are telling a story about norm breaking gender roles. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 61 p.
Keyword [en]
gender, love, youth magazine, youth, narratives, agendasetting, identity, journalism, magazine
Keyword [sv]
Kamratposten, kärlek, barn, ungdomar, genus, könsroll, agendasetting, identitet, journalistik, tidning
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-39524OAI: diva2:784213
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Journalism and Media Production Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2015-02-26 Created: 2015-01-28 Last updated: 2015-02-26Bibliographically approved

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