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"Alltså alla tycker ju at det är bra med män i en arbetsgrupp" - En kvalitativ intervjustudie om önskan om fler män i socialt arbete

Hillerbrand, Erica LU and Johansson, Emilia LU (2014) SOPA63 20132
School of Social Work
Abstract
The aim of this study is to discuss and analyze how recruiters in the Swedish social service look at gender in social work and how that approach can effect male and female social workers in the labor market. We also aimed to examine how the Swedish law of discrimination (Diskrimineringslag 2008:567) can affect social work. The importance of this study was to create a critical discussion about the importance of men in social work. The study was based on interviews with eight recruiters in the Swedish social service. The results were then analyzed by applying discourse theory, gender theory and theories about gender in the labor market. We discovered that two discourses were prominent in our study. One saying that gender balance in social... (More)
The aim of this study is to discuss and analyze how recruiters in the Swedish social service look at gender in social work and how that approach can effect male and female social workers in the labor market. We also aimed to examine how the Swedish law of discrimination (Diskrimineringslag 2008:567) can affect social work. The importance of this study was to create a critical discussion about the importance of men in social work. The study was based on interviews with eight recruiters in the Swedish social service. The results were then analyzed by applying discourse theory, gender theory and theories about gender in the labor market. We discovered that two discourses were prominent in our study. One saying that gender balance in social work is desirable and another saying that one should not generalize about gender. These discourses tend to collide because the first named make gender relevant in social work while the other makes gender irrelevant. We have also examined why gender balance is desirable. Arguments that stand out in our study is that gender balance in social work would result in positive effects for the clients, the climate at work and that the status, legitimacy and wages would increase. We have then applied gender theory on these arguments to explain why gender becomes relevant in social work. We also discovered that the Swedish law of discrimination has a small impact on social work according to our study, since the intentions of the law is consistent with the intentions of our informants. The intention that gender balance is desirable. The intention to recruit men seems to have existed without the law. We discovered that the out informant’s desire to recruit men to social work can give men an advantage on the labor market. (Less)
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Hillerbrand, Erica LU and Johansson, Emilia LU
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SOPA63 20132
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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social work, gender balance, gender theory, men, diskrimineringslag (2008:567)
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Swedish
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4254899
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2014-02-11 12:27:30
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  abstract     = {The aim of this study is to discuss and analyze how recruiters in the Swedish social service look at gender in social work and how that approach can effect male and female social workers in the labor market. We also aimed to examine how the Swedish law of discrimination (Diskrimineringslag 2008:567) can affect social work. The importance of this study was to create a critical discussion about the importance of men in social work. The study was based on interviews with eight recruiters in the Swedish social service. The results were then analyzed by applying discourse theory, gender theory and theories about gender in the labor market. We discovered that two discourses were prominent in our study. One saying that gender balance in social work is desirable and another saying that one should not generalize about gender. These discourses tend to collide because the first named make gender relevant in social work while the other makes gender irrelevant. We have also examined why gender balance is desirable. Arguments that stand out in our study is that gender balance in social work would result in positive effects for the clients, the climate at work and that the status, legitimacy and wages would increase. We have then applied gender theory on these arguments to explain why gender becomes relevant in social work. We also discovered that the Swedish law of discrimination has a small impact on social work according to our study, since the intentions of the law is consistent with the intentions of our informants. The intention that gender balance is desirable. The intention to recruit men seems to have existed without the law. We discovered that the out informant’s desire to recruit men to social work can give men an advantage on the labor market.},
  author       = {Hillerbrand, Erica and Johansson, Emilia},
  keyword      = {social work,gender balance,gender theory,men,diskrimineringslag (2008:567)},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"Alltså alla tycker ju at det är bra med män i en arbetsgrupp" - En kvalitativ intervjustudie om önskan om fler män i socialt arbete},
  year         = {2014},
}