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Mödrar och patriarkat: – En kvalitativ studie med fokus på mammor i familjer med starkt patriarkala traditioner.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
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2008 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to investigate how mothers in families with strong patriarchal traditions

see their role as a mother and as a woman. The study is built upon two main questions: What are

the expectations of your family and your immediate environment on you as a mother and as a

woman? And what does “honour” mean for you as a mother and as a woman? In our paper we

had as a starting point a gender perspective that was further on applied in defining our research

question. We are also giving an account of the phenomenological perspective that we also had as

a basis of our work. We interviewed six mothers living in families with strong patriarchal

traditions. There were half-structured interviews according to an interview guide, with half open

questions. We followed the qualitative method. The results show that “honour” is a basic norm

for the mothers, that they have difficulties to even imagine living a life without honour. For all of

our informants, honour means not to have sexual relationships with several men, and to keep a

woman’s virginity until she gets married. Avoiding bad rumours that may lead to shame is an

important part of the mothers’ lives. As women, the mothers are forced to take into consideration

their husbands’ and older family members’ opinions. It is the mothers’ duty to educate their

children to behave in “the right” way. According to our informants, a mother should be caring

and in charge of the household work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
Honour, power, shame/shameless, women, mother, virginity, patriarchate & religion.
Keyword [sv]
Heder, makt, skam/ärelös, kvinna, mamma, oskuld, patriarkat & religion.
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-8269OAI: diva2:199941
Available from: 2008-10-16 Created: 2008-10-16Bibliographically approved

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