Arbejdsbukser og glimmer -En interviewundersøgelse af seks kønsminoriteter i omsorgsfag og ha#ndværkerfag

Stine Søgaard & Louise Holm Andersen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This present thesis is a master thesis in Social Interverventionstudies developed at Roskilde University. Our reserach in this thesis examines six genderminorities, who are employed or/and studies in traditional womens- or mens professions and how these subjects produce and reproduce the understandings and constructions of the phenomenon gender.

Research shows that Denmark has one of the the highest gender segregations on the labour market and in the educational area. This segregation of gender in the labor market contribute to maintain the perception of women- and mens professions. Furthermore it shows in the horizontal and vertical gender segregation, which currently appears in the Danish labor market. Horizontal gender segregation is understood as the distribution of women and men in work areas, such as sectors and industries. Vertical gender segregation deals with how women and men are in the job hierarchy.

The study is based on six semi-structured individual interviews. Our female interviewees professions are: A blacksmith, an apprentice chef and an apprentice boatbuilder. We understand these as professions with a practical crafts focus. Our male interviewees professions are: A nurse, a social worker and a apprentice social worker. We understand these professions as relational professions with caretaking in focus.

The analysis is based on the empirical data from the six qualitative interviews, and we involve the concepts of post structuralism to examine six subjects gender understandings, and how they construct these in their work- or study life.

We analyze the interviews with three theoretical insights. First we use professor Dorte Marie Søndergaards theory The model of gender composition. In this analysis we found that the concept of gender is produced and reproduced in all of the components in the model and this is contributing to the existing and evolving gender discourse. Afterwards we use the theory of associate professor Marianne Skytte, Social Categorization. We found that the concept of gender and the expectations that comes with it contributes with different consequences for the subject. In the last analysis of this thesis we explore whether gendered communities creates meaningful change for gendered minorities in traditional womens- or mens professions. We analyze this with the concept social intervention.

Keywords: Traditional male professions, traditional women's professions, social intervention, semi-structured interviews, gender understandings, social categorization, the model of gender composition, gendered communities, gender segregated, genderminorities.

UddannelserSociale Interventionsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato3 sep. 2019
Antal sider115
VejledereTine Elisabeth Barrett