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Mansideal i förändring?: En lokal studie över hur synen på mannen ser ut och har förändrats i förhållande till ålder och kön genom en enkätstudie genomförd med medlemmar från PRO och Socialdemokraterna i Hässleholm.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Male ideals in change? : A local study of how the perception of men is and has changed in relation to age and gender through a questionnaire conducted by members of the PRO and the Social Democrats in Hässleholm. (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to study how the image of masculinity and how perceptions of masculinity have changed over time, based on the participants' gender and age by answering a survey. The group that participated in the survey consists of members from the National Pensioners' Organization (PRO), and members from the Social Democrats. In total there are 70 questionnaires that form the basis of this paper. The participants have been divided according to age and sex by a quantitative method for responding to this essay’s purpose. The differences between men and women in the study was very small, the same applies when the age groups were studied. The fact that the differences were so small in terms of both age and gender is confirming Connell's theory of hegemonic masculinity. In the study, it becomes obvious that men and women regardless of age share views on what is a good man and what characteristics a good man should have. A man should be responsible, reliable, humble, open and caring according to the participants. The results of this study suggest that men and women are very similar in their answers and highlight the importance of sharing responsibility. Men see themselves to a greater extent as breadwinners, which confirm the previous research that claims that supplying an income to the family is still one of men’s principal responsibilities in the family. The conclusion of this study is that men and women independent of age share the same picture of what are desirable characteristics of a man. 

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2016. , 41 p.
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Masculinity, hegemonic masculinity, age, gender, perception of men, being male, differences.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-50655OAI: diva2:911529
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Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
2016-01-22, Växjö, 14:16 (Swedish)
Available from: 2016-04-08 Created: 2016-03-13 Last updated: 2016-04-08Bibliographically approved

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