This paper seeks to explore the experiences of what it means to be a man in 2018 through a phenomenological methodology. More elaborately the experiences as explained by six Danish men, in the age between 20-30. Our main focus is the consequences and complications that arise in the wake of a societal development, where the result is, among other things, that the frames in which we understand the different sexes, has been broken down. To fully understand how and why these complications occur, we have chosen to examine where the roots of our six informants’ general understanding of what it means to be man lie, both essentialistic and socialconstructionistic perspectives is taken into account. A problem that comes to light is how the informants struggle in finding and maintaining their identities in an era that breaks with the traditional ways of being a man. This particular problem is throughout the project explored, from both an existentialistic and a socialconstructionistic way of viewing identity. Both views have been used to shed light upon how men must navigate through this problem. In conclusion the traditional way of being a man is linked with the hegemonic masculinity which also to some extent is viewed as the essence of what a man is thought to be. This is a major paradox regarding the new eras expectations, that men also must have the capacity to embrace female characteristics. This result in following difficulties for men to maintain a sense of identity and have to either meet the expectations as a relational being or have the courage to embrace an individual existence that precedes the expectations.
|Uddannelser||Psykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor|
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