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Mod, mens och muskler: Berättelser om Genus och friluftsliv
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Inspired by a discourse analytic approach, this study’s main theme was gender, being a leader and outdoor life, and aims to examine how female mountain guides articulate their experiences of their job in relation to gender, body and performance. The research questions used was how does the guides perceive themselves in relation the leading position of their job and outdoor life, and which normative perceptions about gender, body and performance are shown and how do the guides relate to these perceptions. Five qualitative interviews were conducted and analyzed and findings show that the male hegemony in outdoor life is strong. Masculinity is linked to risk-taking, strength, physical and technical skills and findings further show that there is a certain consensus regarding the strive for more equal opportunities between men and women. The male hegemony is very obvious in how the capable, performing body is perceived, and the interviewees have different strategies in how to tackle this norm. They either reproduce the norm by saying that women also can perform in similar ways or they deconstruct the norm by saying that performing is not a part of the outdoor life. Leadership is constructed by the interviewees as feminine competences which may be a way of legitimize their own presence in a word for and by men.

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Keyword [en]
gender, leadership, outdoors, discourse, body, power
Keyword [sv]
genus, ledarskap, friluftsliv, diskursanalys, kropp, makt
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Social Sciences Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-81129OAI: diva2:654960
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Study Programme for Sport Sciences
Available from: 2013-10-09 Created: 2013-10-02 Last updated: 2013-10-09Bibliographically approved

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