This study investigates practises of masculinity in men’s groups in Denmark. These groups
are based primarily on dialogue and emotional intimacy. Inspired by critical realism, this
study aims to understand how dominant gender structures in the Danish society constitutes
how masculinity is practiced differently within men’s groups.
The analysis within this study is based upon Raewyn W. Connell's theory of hegemonic
masculinity, as well as Eve K. Sedgwick's theory upon male homosociality and the model of
the erotic triangle. Using theories by Øystein Holter and Kenneth Reinicke this study
examines hegemonic masculinity in a Danish context. The study examines four semistructured interviews with four informants from different men’s groups in relation to the
above mentioned theories. The structure of the analysis is based upon Norman Farclough’s
critical discourse analysis in order to understand the textual, discursive and social dimension
of the empirical material.
Inspired by Eric Anderson’s theory upon inclusive masculinity this study discusses, whether
there can be identified a softening of masculine ideals within men’s groups. Finally, the study
examines how these men’s groups can be regarded as inevitably dependent on dominant
The study concludes how these men’s groups can be regarded as a room for both resistance
but also reproduction of hegemonic ideals of masculinity. However, this study questions
whether these men’s groups are creating real change by doing masculinity differently only
within safe spaces.
|Uddannelser||Socialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor|
|Udgivelsesdato||16 dec. 2019|