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"Det är så mycket män överallt": En kvalitativ studie om kvinnliga sportjournalister i en mansdominerad bransch
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"There are so many men everywhere" : A qualitative study of female sports journalist in a male dominated industry (English)
Abstract [en]

This study was focused to highlight the problems that comes with being a minority on a workplace, in this case female sports journalist who are working in a male dominated sports field. The objective was to find out how the female sports journalist was experiencing working in such a domain, with focus on journalists who works on local news papers. The study also wanted to look on how these workplaces incorporated gender in their daily work. 

      In combination with gender theory, with concepts as masculine hegemony and power structures, I also choose to apply the american researcher Rosabeth M Kanters concept ”token”. With these aspects in mind I analyzed the five interviews that I carried out with female sports journalist with a qualitative data analysis. 

          The results of the study showed that the female sports journalist in some aspects were aware of the difficulties of being a woman in a male dominated area – when they were talking about the profession at large. But on the other hand they were not as aware when it came to their own situation. Even though the gender problems that comes with being a woman in a patriarchal society, in combination with the minority-issue, the respondents did not express their situation in terms of problem, even though their stories of interview situations for example showed the opposite. 

            In conclusion, the study showed that even though the respondents really enjoyed their work, even though it was not always easy to cope with. But since their own interest in sports and the profession lead them there in the first place, the obstacles created in society like the minority role they were in or the fact that they are women in a patriarchal society, they kept working in the profession despite the resistance. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 24 p.
Keyword [sv]
Journalistik, Sportjournalistik, Mansdominerad, Minoritet, Manlig hegemoni, Hegemonitet, Tokens, Genus
National Category
Media Studies Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-101745OAI: diva2:801777
External cooperation
tidningarna NSD, GP, NS, SN, ÖP/LTZ
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Journalism
Available from: 2015-04-10 Created: 2015-04-10 Last updated: 2015-04-10Bibliographically approved

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