Kvinder om barsel, køn og arbejde

Astrid Dannemand Sørensen, Sarah Trankilde Larsen, Amalie Aniol Hansen, Caroline Cyrill Mogensen & Liv Risom Petersen

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This paper examines how women in a mothers’ group legitimize their choice of maternity leave, based on their employment relationship and how they contribute to legitimize the social construction of maternity. The examine includes a focus group interview consisting of three women who are already in an established mothergroup. The paper studies their choice and understanding of maternity. Futhermore, the paper includes different theories both gender-, discourse- and organizational theories which explains the interpretations that are found through the analysis of the focus group interview. These theories are founded by Candace West & Don Zimmerman, Bronwyn Davies & Rom Harré and Joan Acker. Through the social constructivistic approach, the paper achieves to understand the different theoretical concepts, which brings a relevant perspective in the matter of answering this papers research question. The women’s statements show, among other things, that the women are part of the social structure of maternity leave. The paper concludes this based on the women’s legitimacy on topics as: the good mother and the good employee, as well as structures such as economics and legislation on earmarked maternity leave. The perspective of the women's working conditions is expressed in the project's desire to investigate how these affect women's legitimacy of childbirth. The project will also involve discussion of legislation on earmarked maternity leave, as well as a prospective approach to further examination.

UddannelserArbejdslivsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato28 maj 2018
Antal sider76
VejledereCharlotte Grum


  • køn
  • barsel
  • arbejde
  • kvinder