Att vara eller inte vara intelligent?: Unga mäns görande av maskuliniteter i svensk gymnasieskola
2008 (Swedish)Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
This paper explores constructions of masculine identities among adolescent men in educational settings. The project is positioned in the field of sociology of men, masculinity and education. The concerns regarding ‘underachieving’ male students articulated in public and academic debate have been central part of the last decades’ research concerning young men and education. Nevertheless, in Sweden this is a fairly under-researched topic. Since focus in educational and gender research mainly have been students positioned as working-class or in working-class’ settings, my intention is to extend the analysis of masculinities by turning to an educational arena connoted of high social class. Drawing on Erving Goffman’s social psychology as well as theories of ‘doing gender’, the analysis examines how the young men are representing themselves as students and mates in school setting and in the interview contexts.
The first results from the study indicate that ‘high-status masculinity’ among these students is linked to displaying an attitude of ‘knowing without an effort’. The important resources in achieving status as a young upper-class man seam to be following: interpreting the ‘knowing without an effort’ as a vital way of ‘doing’ masculinity, being able to present ‘communicative talent’ during discussions and while answering teachers’ questions, as well as making contacts inside and outside school. The belief among several of the young men that they are intellectually superior to the young women, could in that sense provide for greater gender differences in favour of the female students when it comes to school achievements. On the other hand, and when it comes to health and skills in networking, the greater gender differences could instead be in favour of the male students.
The interviews analyzed in this paper are part of a lager ethnographic study, in which data has been collected from participant observations as well as semi-structured individual- and group-interviews with students attending two secondary school classes, positioned in opposite socially classed environments.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. 17- p.
Unga män; gymnasieskola; maskuliniteter; intelligens, socialpsykologi
Sociology Gender Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-17744OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-17744DiVA: diva2:45515
24th Conference of the Nordic Sociological Association: Violence and conflict, 14-17 August 2008, Århus, Denmark