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Mellan Biologi och Social Konstruktion: En studie av genusbegreppets användning i tre sociologiska avhandlingar
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2008 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The focus of this thesis is to examine how concepts related to gender are used in modern sociological dissertations. The dissertations used are Carstensen G “Sexuella trakasserier finns nog I en annan värld” (2004), Jakobsen L ”Livsform kön och risk” (1999) and Holmberg C ”Det kallas kärlek” (1993).

 

In my theoretical part I argue that gender is a theoretical perspective that’s built both on our everyday, non sociological understanding of men and women and a gender discourse within sociology that researchers in the sociological field is socialized into. Another theoretical perspective in this thesis is the thought that no categories, including those important to the gender issue are more correct then any other, and that the usefulness of categories can only be measured by the usefulness of the theories attached to it.

 

The method used is an adaptation of philosophical concept analysis where I have analyzed how gender related concepts such as “men” and “women” are used in my empirical material. The focus was to create an understanding of the practical uses of gender categories in sociological research.

 

The conclusions made in this study are that there must be two conditions fulfilled in order for a category to be viewed as a gendered. First it has to be regarded as a social category and second it has to be interpreted as being different between men and women in a systematic and theoretically important way. My other important conclusion is that there are basically four ways to interpret differences between men and women. First as a statistical correlation, the second is that the difference between men and woman is due to differences in social factors that are not gendered such as discrimination and attitudes. The third interpretation is to give gender a theoretical meaning where the theories can not be applied to other categories that are not considered gendered. For example can a theory of homosociability not be applied if the relation is between a man and a woman, regardless of the social situation between them. The fourth interpretation is strictly biological, where the difference between men and woman are considered to be because of difference in biological factors such as genes, chromosomes or hormones. This interpretation however does seem to be extremely rare in modern sociological studies.

 

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , p. 41
Keyword [en]
gender, sex, social constructionism, social constructivism, sociology of sociology, sociolology of science
Keyword [sv]
genus, kön, social konstruktion, vetenskapssociologi
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-4888OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-4888DiVA, id: diva2:209113
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Available from: 2009-04-01 Created: 2009-03-19 Last updated: 2010-03-10Bibliographically approved

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