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Doing, Re-doing or Undoing Masculinity? Swedish Men in the Filial Care of Aging Parents

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Sofia Björk
Publicerad i NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research
Volym 23
Nummer/häfte 1
Sidor 20-35
ISSN 0803-8740
Publiceringsår 2015
Publicerad vid Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap
Sidor 20-35
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1080/08038740.2014.97...
Ämnesord doing gender, undoing gender, eldercare, masculinities, son’s caregiving
Ämneskategorier Sociologi, Sociologi (exklusive socialt arbete, socialpsykologi och socialantropologi)

Sammanfattning

This article examines how men’s involvement in the care of aging parents is accounted for in relation to discourses of masculinity and femininity. The article draws on semistructured interviews with Swedish men and women caring for elderly parents. Using the concepts of doing, re-doing, and undoing gender as a theoretical tool, both reproduction and renegotiation of gendered understandings of caregiving were found. When accounting for men’s lack of involvement in care, gender was often resorted to as an explanation. As men took on care responsibilities, the meaning of both care practices and masculinities were renegotiated, either by re-doing gender through distinctions of “new” hegemonic masculinities, or even by undoing gender through making gender irrelevant in care arrangements. Gender equality discourses were surprisingly absent from accounts of eldercare arrangements. Since policies on gender equality in Sweden have focused more on parenthood than other caregiving relationships, “caring masculinities” have not been made an ideal in relation to the care of aging parents.

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