1 The Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University2 Changing Societies: Welfare and Diversity, Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University
Experiences of Men in Caring OccupationsErfaringer fra mænd i omsorgsfag
This qualitative study of 35Danish men working within caring occupations shows that gender plays a significant role when men choose a career path that is dominated by women. As a gender minority, the men experience both privileges and negative discrimination. Being highly visible simply because they are men, they find it easier to have their achievements noticed and praised, while their mistakes are not easy to hide. These men have good career opportunities, but at the same time feel pressured to rise as far up the career ladder as possible. They are accorded more authority than their female colleagues and find it easier to influence others. However, they are expected to take charge and to accept a role as protector. They are popular amongst their female colleagues, but also victims of prejudice, in that they are suspected of being gay, both at work and generally.
Men, Masculinity and the Common Good in an Era of Economic Uncertainty, 2012, p. 48-69