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Using gender as analytical tool in an analysis of a manager's health: Reflection on life-history method
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, Public health science.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, Occupational health science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, ISSN 1070-5503, E-ISSN 1532-7558, Vol. 23, no Suppl. 1, p. S64-S64, article id O197Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction: It is a lack of research on the meanings of genderdynamism in relation to manager’s health in Sweden.The purpose of this paper was therefore to reflect on whether gender form, -content and/or, -arena, either contribute to reproduce or transform surrounding condition on the job and in the family and also its consequences for health, both on individual and family level.

Methods: A semi-structured life-history interview was conducted with aformer manager on the basis of gender theory and written verbatim into a transcript. A life-history case was elaborated using gender as an analytical tool. By sorting and comparing already gendered life events, both on the job and in the family, the main findings evolved.

Results: Paradoxically a turning point in Jan’s life became prominent with a personal crisis, and this was explained by how several minor shifts of genderedform,-content and -arena co-occurred.This resulted in that a gender neutral form of agency appeared possible to try out in practice. When this was done the conditions on the job and in the family were shaped in accordance with what is meant with good lives for all.

Conclusion: In most gender research the force of gender is limited due to its cross-sectional focus through time. But with the life-history research gender relations become prominent in its multiplicity, illuminating minor shifts of ongoing processes of transformation, understood as patterns of agency.

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2016. Vol. 23, no Suppl. 1, p. S64-S64, article id O197
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-23272DOI: 10.1007/s12529-016-9586-3ISI: 000388943400207OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-23272DiVA, id: diva2:1063690
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International Society of Behavioral Medicine 2016
Available from: 2017-01-10 Created: 2017-01-10 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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