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Gender equality as a resource and a dilemma: interpretative repertoires in engineering education in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6413-6538
Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Institutionen för pedagogik, didaktik och utbildningsstudier, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sverige.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3614-1692
2022 (English)In: Gender and Education, ISSN 0954-0253, E-ISSN 1360-0516, Vol. 34, no 8, p. 923-939Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores how female university students’ abilities to present themselves as ‘authentic’ engineers are imbricated with discursive constructions of gender and gender equality. The empirical data comes from interviews and video diaries collected with three female engineering students. The analysis demonstrates the power of the Swedish gender equality discourse to inform the students’ talk as they negotiate their gendered identities to become intelligible as engineering students and engineers. We suggest that gender equality is used as a resource in the repertoires, but we also demonstrate that this discourse becomes a dilemma in that it limits possibilities for gender performances to go beyond old patterns. Despite this, the article still shows three unique ways of negotiating gender and other social categories in different situations connected to university learning and participation in internships.

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Routledge, 2022. Vol. 34, no 8, p. 923-939
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Women engineering students, negotiations, ‘authentic’ engineers, gender equality discourse
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-186655DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2021.1963419ISI: 000682368200001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85112670456OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-186655DiVA, id: diva2:1585289
Available from: 2021-08-16 Created: 2021-08-16 Last updated: 2022-12-30Bibliographically approved

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