Mænd og barsel: Hvordan spiller maskulinitet og risikoen for stigmatisering ind i beslutningen om mænds fravalg af barsel?

Mai Louise Kühle Nielsen

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

This Thesis is created based on an order from the two unions 3F and Dansk metal. The two unions desire to promote gender equality on the work marked implying that more men should take advantage of the rights to parental leave. When Denmark is compared to the rest of the countries in the north it becomes evident that the men in Denmark are the worst at taking advantage of their rights to a parental leave. Based on social constructivism, this thesis aims to account for the men’s rights in relation to parental leaves and of how these rights have been divided between men and women. This thesis takes an empirical approach to the subject. The empirical data consists of an elite interview with Anne-Lise Nyegaard who is a consultant on gender equality, and a focus group interview with a smith company. This data will be analyzed to find out which factors have an impact on the distribution of the parental leave. Further more, the empirical data will be analyzed based on theory about the psychological contract and the analysis will therefore treat how the men’s paternity leave can be incorporated within this. The analysis is in addition influenced by the theory of Raewyn Connell about masculinity and Erving Goffman’s theory about stigmatization. These theorists are used to treat the underlying reasons for the men’s unexploited parental rights. At last this thesis discusses the pros and cons of the parental leave resulting in a suggested solution for 3F and Dansk Metal’s communication about parental leave directed towards their members. Additionally, the thesis will provide a suggested solution to how men’s parental leave can be a part of the normative work culture. Lastly it will be discussed if a pre-decided parental leave is needed.

EducationsMSc in Human Resource Management, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageDanish
Publication date2017
Number of pages62
SupervisorsJannick Friis Christensen