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Becoming the right kind of professional: Male students in prestigious higher education programmes
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8426-2275
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper deals with the educational preparation of men for three typical professional careers: Lawyer, physician and physics engineer. It reports results from a study where 54 men in those three higher education programmes, as well as 26 of their female peers were interviewed about their backgrounds, studies and future plans. 26 staff members were also interviewed.  The results show that dominant masculinities in each programme are shaped in relation to what the staff as well as the students know and assume about the subsequent working life. How career is made varies between the professions, but for each profession learning to do professional masculinity is an important part of higher education. This learning happens both in classrooms and during the extra-curricular activities, which are specific for each educational programme. In each of the study programmes there are also alternative masculinities, often associated with different backgrounds and future plans than those of the (upper) middle class majority. Many female students learn to do professional masculinities to some extent, but there are subject positions which are reserved for men.

The professionals of today have a strong influence on how future members of the profession are trained and learn its dominant values and, thus, changes in what masculinities students learn to perform do not easily come about. However, university staff and fellow students can recognise and value alternative masculinities during these formative years.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
Keywords [en]
higher education, masculinities, elites, professions
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies; Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-371351OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-371351DiVA, id: diva2:1273031
Conference
“Making it like a man”: men, masculinities and the modern ’career’. 25- 26 October 2018, University of Helsinki, Finland
Funder
Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2018-12-20 Created: 2018-12-20 Last updated: 2019-03-13Bibliographically approved

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