The Unruly Young Men: Exploring some Key Constructions of Masculinity within Swedish Social Services

Helena Johansson, Ing-Marie Johansson


The article draws on two research projects conducted at the University of Gothenburg
and highlights how social workers construct and reconstruct young masculinities. In the
light of recent debates in India, induced by the gang rapes in New Delhi, the intersection
between masculinity and class is of great relevance to social work. Research from both
countries highlights a problematic situation within social work as boys from lower social
classes often are predicted to become low achievers or drug addicts. Instead our focal
point should be turned towards how we in interaction with our surroundings are shaped
as males and females.

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