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To Be "a Real Woman": Local Culture and Gender Roles in the Northernmost Sweden (Tornedalen Area)
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
2006 (English)In: Gender and Citizenship in a Multicultural Context: 6th European Gender Research Conference, University of Łódź , 2006Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The empirical basis of this study consists of life-history interviews with women of different ages from the northernmost Sweden (Tornedalen area). By using the women's narratives, from a feminist poststructuralist approach, the study focuses on how women have adapted their gender roles according to norms of the local society. The study involves a historical perspective from the middle to the late twentieth century. This includes transitions from an almost exclusively rural to a more urbanized life (in the countryside); and from a time when almost all women were full-time housewives to a time when this has become a rarity. The gender relations expressed in narratives from the 1950th are often surprisingly similar to those expressed in narratives from the 1990th. The processes involved in conserving gender relations may be explained by studying the local culture. Many of the women are aware of gender equality questions including their own situations. However, instead of working towards equality, the women themselves may have acted to preserve traditional and unequal gender roles. The women seem to have guarded their gender roles by exercising group-pressure towards each other. One example is the female idolization of "a real women" meaning women who cleans their houses very carefully, makes well-prepared food and always keeps the children neat and tidy. The local culture has influenced the women's lives through all generations covered in this study. The strong norm system with its cemented gender roles may have been hard to accept for young women growing up in Tornedalen.

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University of Łódź , 2006.
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Man Machine Relation Focusing Gender
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-31153Local ID: 53c97c50-4cb4-11dc-ac5f-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-31153DiVA, id: diva2:1004383
Conference
European Gender Research Conference : Gender and Citizenship in a Multicultural Context 31/08/2006 - 03/09/2006
Note

Godkänd; 2006; 20070817 (ysko)

Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-03-08Bibliographically approved

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