Man hittar sin nisch : Om män i socionomyrket - karriär, minoritet och maskulinitet

by Kullberg, Karin

Abstract (Summary)
This dissertation is about men as a minority in a female profession, that of uni-versity-trained social worker. The aim is to illuminate the relationship between work and gender on the basis of career, minority, and masculinity in the profes-sion of social work. By means of questionnaires sent to all the men who trained as social workers in Lund 1980–1985 (the 1980s generation) and 1993–2003 (the 1990s generation) I have charted their careers. Eighteen of the 1990s generation who completed the questionnaire were interviewed to eliciting their own point of view. The results of the questionnaire study show that the men who took degrees in social work in both the educational generations to a large extent started their career in the social services but did not often continue their career there or en-tered this field after the first few years of their career. From the interviews it was found that the parts of the social services to which the men are most negative are those which involve the exercise of authority and the control of people. Those who qualified in the 1980s pursued a career which largely corresponds to the pre-vailing image of the male social worker’s career - many of these men had em-barked on a vertical management career or had left the profession. The 1990s generation displayed a different career development. Whereas the traditional male social worker career goes in a vertical direction and is a matter of formal power and superiority, the modern career goes in a horizontal direction and is a matter of creating an autonomous niche. The niche is not just an expression of a new ca-reer pattern; through the niche it is also possible to preserve a traditional mascu-linity. At the same time, the interviewed men present an alternative masculinity through their choice of profession and their way of reasoning about it. The male social workers can thereby be seen as representatives of a masculinity in a time of change.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Växjö universitet

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:SOCIAL SCIENCES; Social sciences; Social work; socionomyrket; professionalisering; nisch; arbete; karriär; minoritet; kön/genus; maskulinitet; jämställdhet; socialarbetare; token


Date of Publication:01/01/2006

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