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Organisation profile

In all cultures gender is a category which is used to define specific expectations for the behaviour of individuals. Although different kinds of meaning are associated with gender in various social and historical contexts, gender can be claimed to be a category which always makes a difference in everyday life including working life. The research group Gender, Body and Everyday Life use a social psychological perspective on gender and bodies to study how these are related to the construction of identities, both individual and social.

The research of Gender, Body and Everyday Life

Gender, Body and Everyday Life is a multidisciplinary research group consisting of researchers from Department of Psychology and Educational Studies, Roskilde University; Department for Society and Globalisation , Roskilde University; and The Danish Centre for Youth Research  at The Danish School of Education, Aarhus University.

Despite working within different theoretical frameworks, the researchers in Gender, Body and Everyday Life all find that a strong empirical basis is of vital importance to the process of qualifying critical research on gendered and bodily aspects of individuals’ everyday lives.

The group applies various theoretical approaches in its’ research projects ranging from psychodynamic and psychoanalytical perspectives through critical theory and critical psychology to social constructivism, post-structuralism, and actor-network theory.

Methodological approaches applied by the researchers in Gender, Body and Everyday Life include qualitative approaches such as participant observation, interviews, participatory workshops, and textual analyses.

Gender, Body and Everyday Life is part of Roskilde University’s cross-disciplinary gender research organisation Centre for Gender, Power and Diversity (CKMM).

Research focus

The researchers in Gender, Body and Everyday Life focus on the gendered and bodily aspects of human relations in social environments, for example collegial relations, learning relations, sexual relations, violent relations, and relations between health, disease, and body.

We study gender across different spaces and the ways in which the lives of individuals are unfolding: Working life, family life, and institutional life, and political and religious ideologies.

The research group studies the meanings of gender in and through different contexts with the aim of developing understandings of the meanings of gender in different fields of research and from various theoretical perspectives.

The research groups’ conceptualisation of gender

The research group focuses especially on gender across different fields of research with the aim of examining the meanings of gender in and through different contexts.

In all cultures gender is a category which is used to define specific expectations for the behaviour of individuals. Although different kinds of meaning are associated with gender in various social and historical contexts, gender can be claimed to be a category which always makes a difference. How an individual is categorised in relation to gender has consequences for which kinds of practices she or he is able to participate in and for the ways she or he can participate. The categorization in relation to gender also determines which kinds of relations an individual can establish to other people and which kinds of positioning are available for the individual in a specific context.

The fact that the range of possible practices is dependent on gender also implies that subjective notions and conceptualisations, including understandings/narratives about the self created through practices, should be analysed and understood in relation to the framework which the gender category mark out.

Gender does not only make a difference, but also establishes a hierarchy between the sexes; a hierarchy which in most cases makes men the norm. Furthermore, hegemony exists between the categories, and certain ways of being a woman or a man and not others come across as ideal.

Of course the relations between category, practice, and subjectivity are complex just as the categories woman and man are ambiguous and constantly changing. That is why we find it especially productive to develop our understandings of the meanings of gender together and to do this within different fields of research and from various theoretical perspectives.

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Research Output 1977 2019

'Danishness' repressive immigration policies, and exclusionary framings of gender equality

Stormhøj, C., 1 Feb 2019, (Submitted) Feminisms in the Nordic Region: Neoliberalism, Nationalism and Decolonial Critique. Keskinen, S., Mulinari, D. & Stoltz, P. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, (Gender and Politics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Generational conflict and the politics of inclusion in two feminist events

Stormhøj, C., Stoltz, P. & Halsaa, B., 19 Feb 2019, (Submitted) Intersectionality in Feminist and Queer Movements: Confronting Privileges. Lépinard, E. & Evans, E. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

'I think in some way you're afraid to lose your dignity, maybe': Exploring Danish girls concerns in relation to sexual activity

Pedersen, B. M., Bindesbøl Holm Johansen, K. & Tjørnhøj-Thomsen, T., Feb 2019, In : European Journal of Women's Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Projects 2000 2022

Biopolitik mellem religion og sekularitet

Stormhøj, C.

01/01/201631/12/2018

Project: Research

Paradoxes of Gender Equality (PAGE)

Stormhøj, C.

01/01/201331/12/2022

Project: Research

Activities 1984 2019

Nordic Migration Research Board (External organisation)

Rashmi Singla (Member)
1 Jan 201931 Dec 2020

Activity: MembershipMembership in committee, council, board

Kvinders perspektiver på seksuelle overgreb

Bodil Maria Pedersen (Speaker)
24 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

Frauenkollektiv RitClique: Zündende Funken. Wiener Freministinnen der 70er Jahre

Bodil Maria Pedersen (Participant)
8 Mar 2018

Activity: OtherOther (prizes, external teaching and other activities) - Other

Press / Media

Større global bekymring for udvandring end indvandring

Rashmi Singla

12/12/2018

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Kvinder står ikke bag mere partnervold end mænd

Bodil Maria Pedersen

22/02/2018

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Kvinder står ikke bag mere partnervold end mænd

Bodil Maria Pedersen

22/02/2018

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media