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”Det är absolut okej att gråta”: En intervjustudie om gymnasiekillars genusskapande med fokus på uttryck av empati, omtanke och sårbarhet
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study aims to investigate young boys’ construction of gender with particular focus on their expression of empathy, caring and vulnerability. Four focus groups and four in-depth interviews were carried out with a total of 12 senior high school students aged 16-18. Using thematic analysis, five themes were identified: boys care about and comfort each other; physical contact as an expression of friendship and caring; homophobia is the problem - not sexuality; crying and managing vulnerability; and gender fluidity. This analysis makes the complexity of gender construction visible: how boys, to greater or lesser extents, express both traditionally feminine- and masculine-coded expressions. All of the boys described situations where they felt empathy and expressed caring and vulnerability. Based on these results, a critique is developed: partly against a gender-binary understanding of gender construction, and partly against the categorisation of different (masculine) identities. To facilitate a better understanding of boys’ gender construction; in relation to feeling/expressing empathy, caring and vulnerability; a model was created to show the complexity of the relationship between traditionally feminine- and masculine-coded expressions in boys’ gender construction.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 63 p.
Keyword [en]
gender, masculinity, femininity, feelings, boys, empathy, care, vulnerability, thematic analysis, focus group interviews, in-depth interviews
Keyword [sv]
genus, maskulinitet, femininitet, känslor, killar, empati, omtanke, sårbarhet, tematisk analys, fokusgrupper, djupintervjuer
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-133064OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-133064DiVA: diva2:1085847
External cooperation
Umeå kommun, Pontus Clarin, skolstrateg och biträdande gymnasiechef
Educational program
The Sociology Program
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Available from: 2017-03-30 Created: 2017-03-30

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