Mænd i krise

Louise Graabæk Andersen, Kirsten Skovlund Asmussen, Sally Betzer & Christoffer Bing Mose

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project concerns men’s understandings of help and crisis, and their ways of dealing with crisis. Research show that men have a tendency to ignore problems and symptoms in connection to crisis, and that they often abstain from seeking professional help. To provide an understanding of this issue, it will be investigated how gender specific socialization and cultural norms, in relation to masculinity, can have an impact on men’s understanding of what constitutes symptoms and crisis, and their understanding of help. For a critical overview of how men and masculinity is framed we will use theory including Raewyn Connells concept of “Hegemonic masculinity” and Michael Kimmels descriptions in “Misframing men”. To provide an understanding of what characterizes masculine ways of dealing with crisis, the project will draw from different experts and informants and their experiences in the field. The analysis will be contextualized with the institutional possibilities men have in order to seek help. In this aspect the focus will be on how professional help and efforts aimed towards men, address and articulate men and masculinity in order to attract men to seek help. These two positions will be analyzed and investigated in relation to each other, to provide a contextual and social constructionist examination and understanding of men in crisis and their possibilities to handle these crises in correspondence with their idea of masculinity. This project concludes that men often have gender specific ways of dealing with their issues and crisis. These ways are highly affected by masculine ideals and social norms. However, these ways can both be perceived as positive and negative. Sometimes men ignore and retain from acknowledging their crisis, and in other instances men have a more action-oriented approach in dealing with their crisis. This leaves a need to address gender specific barriers in relation to understand men’s possibilities to seek help and ways of dealing with crisis. Furthermore it is necessary that the help being offered accommodate men’s ways of dealing with crisis and their expression of symptoms, both in design and advertisement, without reproducing traditional masculine stereotypes.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2015
VejledereKenneth Reinicke


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