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Den manliga bibliotekarien: Upplevelser av att arbeta inom ett kvinnointensivt yrke
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The male librarian : Experiences of working within a female intense occupation (English)
Abstract [en]

The main focus in this bachelor thesis is directed at the male librarian. Our purpose is to investigate how male librarians experience working in a female dominated profession. We do this by interviewing six male librarians at two public libraries in the south of Sweden. With this thesis we want to further investigate how the male librarians percieve the uneven representation of gender in their line of work. We will also be looking at possible differences in treatment from the library users based on gender, and if the division of work duties differ based on gender. Lastly we will also be examining if the male librarians experience any perks or disadvantages based on their gender.

In our investigation process we are using a theoretical framework. Which contains Judith Butlers theory of performativity and Hanna Westberg-Wohlgemuths dissertation about the sex marking process.

The conclusion of this bachelor thesis is that male librarians do not generally experience the gender segregation as something that brings with it negative reactions based on their gender, but instead they recieve positive feedback and reactions from both colleagues and library users. They do however feel that men in the librarian profession can get perks when it comes to recrutation if the qualifications are equal between both applicants. When it comes to division of work duties the men feel like they are expected to know more about IT, while the childrens activites is charactarized as a female part of the workplace.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 40 p.
Keyword [sv]
Manliga bibliotekarier, folkbibliotek, kön, genus, könsfördelning
National Category
Information Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-54472OAI: diva2:945692
Subject / course
Library and Information Science
Educational program
Library and information science, 180 credits
Available from: 2016-07-05 Created: 2016-07-02 Last updated: 2016-07-05Bibliographically approved

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