“Vi måste arbeta mot destruktiva mansnormer i Sverige”
: En studie om MÄN:s uppfattning av och arbete med maskulinitetsnormer bland unga män

Translated title of the thesis: “We must work against destructive masculinity norms in Sweden”: A study about MÄN:s perception of and work with masculinity norms among young men.
  • Oscar Hernäng
  • Alexandra Malmberg
  • Annica Åslund

Student thesis: Bachelor


This study implies active members of the organization MÄN:s perception of and work with masculinity norms among young men. The purpose of the study was to get a picture of which masculinity norms the interviewees encounter when they are out working with young men, which masculinity norms can lead to destructive behaviors for men, how these can be explained and what resistance there may be in their work. The focus area of the study mainly deals with the areas of violence and norm-breaking, but also goes into institutions such as schools and the home environment and how social structures affect masculinity norms. Eight semi-structured interviews were conducted in the spring of 2022. The results show that it is mainly expectations that men should be strong and not show themselves vulnerable that can lead to destructive behavior such as violence and mental illness, that institutions such as school and home environment play a major role in the creation and spread of masculinity norms, and that preventive work with young men is central and important. The results also showed that there are hierarchies that reinforce masculinity norms and that can lead to destructive behaviors and that intersectionality plays a crucial role in where you are on the hierarchical ladder. The analysis of this study has been done using previous research on the subject and literature about masculinity norms, hegemonic masculinity, violence and gender. The results of this study can beneficially be used as a basis for work with masculinity norms, as it highlights why it is advantageous to preventively work with these issues.
Date of Award2022-Jun
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorJonas Ringström (Supervisor) & Sari Pekkola (Examiner)

Courses and Subjects

  • Sociology

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Sociology (50401)

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