'Ballade' i den kommunale sundhedstjeneste - køn og familie som diskursive formationer i et kritisk sundhedsfremmeperspektiv

Martine Solheim, Bente Haargaard & Eva Koefoed

Studenteropgave: Speciale


The project is an analytic study of how gender roles are articulated in communication in the health promotion in a large danish municipality. The project discussed the manner in which gender is articulated and how social discourse formation can affect responsibility placement and expectations to parents and families in their interaction with the health promotion services. Through the health visitors articulation of the meeting with parents special societal genderised norms for construction of parents and families are unveiled. Norms that in many ways are in opposition to the broad understanding in the health promotion profession. The project analyses the importance of genderised norms, ideals and expectations in the work with health promotion and parenting in new families. Such articulation in health promotion work can restrict and inhibit possibilities for constitution of families, and thereby -as seen from a critical health promotion perspective - be unfavourable for the parents opportunities for development of parenthood. The project is based on analysis of empirical material based in focus group interviews conducted with a group of health visitors. The project discuss further the perspectives in problemisation - to create fuss - about the articulated genderised usuality in health promotion, with the aim of enabling a wider margin in the work with, and discussion of, gender and families. The project is build around a social constructivistic and post structuralistic realm of understanding and have problematised how reigning gender discourses affect health promotion with reference point in Buther-inspired theories around the concept "doing gender". The project discusses opportunities for articulating gender with base in critical health promotion thinking, and for limiting the effect of traditional gender categorization and and heteronormativity in health promotion practice. This approach enables a meeting with families that promotes health based on a WHO health promotion perspective, where health in a broad humanistic and holistic understanding is connected to both the human in question and its social associations and conditions of life. The project aligns with the tradition of the social sciences for critical knowledge production related to gender. Thereby it contributes to a critical reflection about how gender is shaped in society as a whole, and in the health promotion services in particular.

UddannelserSundhedsfremme og Sundhedsstrategier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato25 maj 2015
VejledereMari Holen


  • Trouble
  • Parenthood
  • Healt promotion
  • Family
  • Gender