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Hen på bibliotek: En diskursanalys av genusintresserade bibliotekariers tal om begreppet hen
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This master’s thesis looks at discourses that use the pronoun ”hen”. The media debate in Sweden over this pronoun in 2012 started in connection with the publishing of a children’s picture book: Kivi och monsterhund, by Jesper Lundqvist and Bettina Jansson. The essay investigates how eight librarians, who take an interest in and work with gender issues, talk about the pronoun hen and about this picture book and other books that have characters which are not named as a sex/gender.

The essay takes a discursive perspective on reality and on the construction of knowledge and carries out a discourse analysis of the librarians’ talk in the qualitative interviews that were made for this study. In the analysis of these interviews Yvonne Hirdman’s theory of the gender system takes a central part.

The result of the analysis is seven discourses that are central to the librarians talk about books and gender and where the pronoun hen is a focus or a related issue. The essay argues that gender categorization is a dominant discourse in our western society and that certain uses of the pronoun hen, especially the discourse named as the Human-discourse, challenges this domination. The discourses that most librarians used were within the reasoning of the dominant discourse of gender categorization. A conclusion is that the meaning of the pronoun hen is not determined by any one discourse but that there may be a political intervention working towards integrating the pronoun hen into the dominant discourse of gender categorization and thereby neutralising the pronoun. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 72 p.
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 609
Keyword [en]
Discourse analysis, Librarians, Language, Gender, Pronoun, Children, Books and reading
Keyword [sv]
diskursanalys, bibliotekarier, språk och kön, pronomen, barn, böcker och läsning, könsmaktsordning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-208862Local ID: 609OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-208862DiVA: diva2:655079
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Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Available from: 2013-10-11 Created: 2013-10-09 Last updated: 2013-10-11Bibliographically approved

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