Chefen och hennes personal: En studie om hur kvinnliga chefer inom äldreomsorgen befäster sin klassposition i det sociala rummet
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The manager and her staff : A study of how female managers in elderly care consolidate their class position (English)
This sociological study discusses the topics perceptions, organizations and social relations and has its base in the context of female managers within elderly care. The study is written in the field of human resources and the purpose is to contribute to the understanding of how social and organizational relations shape female managers’ perceptions of their situation.
When collecting data, a qualitative method containing semi-structured interviews was used and documents were gathered. The result was analyzed with Skegg’s theory about social class which includes concepts like respectability and disidentification. Skegg’s takes inspiration from Bourdieu and the capital theory, whereon we also find concepts like social- and cultural capital, valid for this study.
The study shows that the structure of the organization together with the social relations within it, affect managers to distance themselves from the employees with whom they used to be in the same social class. There are several examples that originate and make the distance clear, mainly the fact that there are large difficulties with communication between the managers and their employees, but also the fact that the managers agree on that you shouldn’t be friends privately with your employees.
The distance which is negotiated between the manager and her staff serves to bolster and protect the respect and respectability that comes with her relocation in social space.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sociala relationer, organisation, perceptioner, disidentifikation, distans
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-49283OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-49283DiVA: diva2:897523
Subject / course
Human Resource Management Programme, 180 credits
Franssen, Agneta, Lektor
Agevall, Ola, Professor