WOMEN IN FORESTRY, A VALUABLE ASSET OR BODIES OUT OF PLACE?

Detta är en Magister-uppsats från Institutionen för matematiska vetenskaper

Sammanfattning: This thesis investigates what it can mean to be a woman in forestry in JönköpingCounty. It asks how the participant experience their situation as women in forestryand what gendered power structures appear in their stories. Additionally, the thesisanalyses how the “Forest Strategy for Småland”, by Jönköping County Council,perceives and recreates the understanding of gender equality.The analysis is based on Puwars theories of gendered bodies in spaces not createdfor them; called “bodies out of place”. Additionally, the analysis focalises socialreproduction theory by Battacharya, research on policy making by Alnebratt andRönnblom, and research on gender in forestry by Andersson and Lidestav, amongothers. Through reflexive in-depth interviews with 8 participants, the thesis shows how thegendered structures of forestry are recreated in everyday work life. The analysis shows how the participants must relate to the masculine norm forforestry in their everyday work life. Furthermore, the analysis shows genderedpower structures that promotes men over women and exposes women to sexistharassment, but also how women can sometimes participate in maintaininggendered power structures. Finally, the thesis makes suggestions for a feminist andmore progressive forest strategy to achieve an inclusive gender equality.

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