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Kvinnliga professorer vid ett manligt universitet
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Female professors in a male university world (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this Master’s thesis in ethnology is to examine gender equality at two European universities. Based on interviews with eight female professors at the University of Uppsala (Sweden) and the University of Graz (Austria) this thesis looks at how female professors perceive their situation within academia and how they construe their professional role. Themes that are addressed include perceptions of sex/gender, nationality and sexuality and of their impact on my informants’ career, expectations associated with (female) professors, adjustments to (male) norms and obstacles that still prevent women from attaining high-ranking positions within academia. The thesis further explores influences on their choice of career, sources of inspiration and motivation, as well as the effect of social background and family commitments. By analysing how my informants talk about their professorial role and responsibilities, about their relations with colleagues and superiors, and about gender mainstreaming projects that their universities have initiated, this thesis hopes to shed some light on their experience of academia as a workplace for women and where they see potential for improvement.

     The first chapter briefly defines the motivation and aims of this study and explains its theoretical basis, the material and methodological approach. The second chapter analyses the eight ’narratives’ that were presented by my informants, the third chapter discusses similarities and differences between the informants’ accounts, focusing on recurring keywords and central concepts named during the interviews. In the fourth chapter, the results are compared with those from other studies. Finally, the fifth chapter relates the findings to the theoretical concepts that were introduced in the first chapter, and my initial questions and aims. 

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2016. , 71 p.
Keyword [sv]
Academin, kvinnliga professorer, genus
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-278423OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-278423DiVA: diva2:906688
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Masters in Humanities, Cultural Anthropology
Available from: 2016-05-26 Created: 2016-02-24 Last updated: 2016-05-26Bibliographically approved

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