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"Som en vanlig tjej": Föreställningar om kropp, funktionalitet och femininitet
Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Sociologiska institutionen.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-3147-2321
2015 (Svenska)Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores how the body and femininity are constructed by starting from the subjective experiences of 12 young women labelled with an intellectual impairment. The methodological approach is inspired by so-called participatory research. The study combines the concepts of (dis)ability and gender from a sociological perspective. It shows how the young women negotiate norms regarding the body and femininity to pursue the coveted body and femininity ideals, but also to do the opposite: resist these ideals. The thesis is based on the following four articles:

Theorizing the Body: Conceptions of Disability, Gender and Normality addresses different perspectives on the body in relation to conceptions of disability, gender and normality. The article highlights the importance of integrating disability and gender when exploring an understanding of conceptions and constructions of the body.

Negotiating Normality: The Complexity of Showing (off) Bodies identifies four different strategies the young women use to make themselves visible as fashionable young women of today, e.g. as non-disabled. It shows that these strategies comply with conceptions of fashion, and that they are at the same time expressions of different marks of resistance.                                                                           

Risky Transitions in an Ableist Environment: The Experience of Frequent Critical Looks presents an exemplification of social construction of the body by focusing on critical looks. The concept of critical looks is analysed from an intersectional perspective, specifically in relation to how (dis)ability, gender and, to some extent, age interact. It shows how the body is made visible by being stared at, both to oneself and to others depending on place and interactions.

Reflections on Collaborative Research: to What Extent, and on Whose Terms? discusses the possible methodological and ethical dilemmas found in different research phases, and in relation to the participants, in collaborative research within disability research. It shows that collaborative research can benefit from being problematized and discussed further regarding the categorization of disability as well as participation.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2015. , 68 s.
Serie
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Social Sciences, ISSN 1652-9030 ; 112
Nyckelord [en]
(dis)ability, gender, age, normality, femininity, the body, young women, intersectionality, feminist theory, sociology of the body, subjective experiences, participatory research, methodological and ethical dilemmas
Nationell ämneskategori
Samhällsvetenskap
Forskningsämne
Sociologi
Identifikatorer
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-252110ISBN: 978-91-554-9266-3 (tryckt)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-252110DiVA: diva2:809208
Disputation
2015-09-14, Room IX, Universitetshuset, Biskopsgatan 3, Uppsala, 10:00 (Svenska)
Opponent
Handledare
Tillgänglig från: 2015-06-04 Skapad: 2015-04-30 Senast uppdaterad: 2015-07-07Bibliografiskt granskad
Delarbeten
1. Theorizing the body: conceptions of disability, gender and normality
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Theorizing the body: conceptions of disability, gender and normality
2013 (Engelska)Ingår i: Disability & Society, ISSN 0968-7599, E-ISSN 1360-0508, Vol. 28, nr 3, 408-417 s.Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

The present article addresses different perspectives on the body in relation to conceptions of normality. It shows how a body perspective can be taken into account from an individual perspective without losing a structural perspective. This is accomplished using the phenomenological conceptions the lived body and the body as situated. This article is part of a sociological qualitative interview study, focusing on disability, identity, and gender, and specifically on conceptions of the body and gender, as experienced by Swedish young women labeled as having an intellectual impairment.

Nyckelord
personal experiences, body, disability, gender, normality
Nationell ämneskategori
Medicin och hälsovetenskap Samhällsvetenskap
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-202978 (URN)10.1080/09687599.2012.710010 (DOI)000319101200009 ()
Tillgänglig från: 2013-07-01 Skapad: 2013-07-01 Senast uppdaterad: 2015-06-08Bibliografiskt granskad
2. Negotiating Normality: The complexity of Showing (off) Bodies
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Negotiating Normality: The complexity of Showing (off) Bodies
2013 (Engelska)Ingår i: Invisible Girl / [ed] Gun-Marie Frånberg, Camilla Hällgren & Elza Dunkels, Umeå: Department of Applied Educational Science Umeå University , 2013, 111-119 s.Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Refereegranskat)
Abstract [en]

The present chapter is based on a sociological qualitative study that focuses on disability, identities, and gender, specifically on conceptions of the body and gender among young women labeled as having an intellectual impairment. It deals with the ways in which young women labelled with intellectual impairment construct themselves. The interviewees use four different strategies to make themselves visible as fashionable young women of today, e.g. as non-disabled. The strategies are defined as: marks of resistance, standing out, blending in and female masculinity. These strategies comply with conceptions of fashion, and they are at the same time expressions of different marks of resistance, and ways of striving for independence in the sense of self-determination.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
Umeå: Department of Applied Educational Science Umeå University, 2013
Nationell ämneskategori
Sociologi (exklusive socialt arbete, socialpsykologi och socialantropologi)
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-214668 (URN)
Tillgänglig från: 2014-01-09 Skapad: 2014-01-09 Senast uppdaterad: 2015-06-08Bibliografiskt granskad
3. Risky Transitions in an Ableist Environment: The Experience of Frequent Critical Looks
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Risky Transitions in an Ableist Environment: The Experience of Frequent Critical Looks
2015 (Engelska)Ingår i: International Review of Sociology, ISSN 0390-6701, E-ISSN 1469-9273, Vol. 25, nr 2, 281-298 s.Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

The present article is part of a qualitative sociological study with Swedish young women labelled with an intellectual impairment. The aim is to present an exemplification of the social construction of the body, by focusing on how the body is constructed by critical looks. I focus on the experiences of critical looks by analysing the power dimensions (dis)ability, gender, and age. In the article how the body is made visible by being stared at, both to oneself and to others depending on place and interactions, is central, as are what emotions and strategies of resistance staring causes, and the categorical aspects of staring is analysed. To illustrate this complex process of intersections, I add the concept of an ableist environment. Being stared at is part of the young women's everyday life. The critical looks the informants describe may be understood as being different in character: mocking, judgemental, limiting, and desirable.

Nyckelord
staring; interactions; transitional spaces; ableist environment; normality
Nationell ämneskategori
Sociologi
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-251487 (URN)10.1080/03906701.2015.1017353 (DOI)000364490900007 ()
Tillgänglig från: 2015-04-20 Skapad: 2015-04-20 Senast uppdaterad: 2015-12-19Bibliografiskt granskad
4. Reflections on collaborative research: to what extent, and on whose terms?
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Reflections on collaborative research: to what extent, and on whose terms?
2015 (Engelska)Ingår i: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, Vol. 17, nr 3, 272-283 s.Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

Collaborative research, for instance, emancipatory and participatory disability research, arose from critique against the lack of active disabled people's participation in research, which failed to emphasize their personal experiences. By referring to power positions in a qualitative sociological study with young women with an intellectual impairment, and inspired by collaborative research, I discuss the possible methodological and ethical dilemmas found in different research phases, and in relation to the participants. I argue that collaborative research can benefit from being problematized and discussed further regarding the categorization of disability, as well as participation.

Nationell ämneskategori
Socialt arbete
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-251482 (URN)10.1080/15017419.2013.859178 (DOI)
Tillgänglig från: 2015-04-20 Skapad: 2015-04-20 Senast uppdaterad: 2015-12-18Bibliografiskt granskad

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