Research Output per year
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).
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.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Book chapter › Research › peer-review
Kristin Skjørten, Elisiv Bakketeig, Margunn Bjørnholt og Svein Mossige (red.): Vold i nære relationer – Forståelser, konsekvenser og tiltakPedersen, B. M. & Henningsen, I. B., 22 Apr 2020, In : Tidsskrift for Samfunnsforskning. 61, 02/22, p. 184-189 4 p., 6.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Literature review › Research › peer-review
Projects per year
Stormhøj, C. & Person, U.
15/09/2017 → 14/09/2021
Activities per year
1 Media contribution
Press/Media: Press / Media
Bodil Maria Pedersen & Inge Henningsen
1 Media contribution
Press/Media: Press / Media