Université de Neuchâtel

« Be a real man ! » Hegemonic Masculinities in a Swiss vocational school : boundary work between gender and social position in the labour market

Moret, Joëlle ; Dahinden, Janine ; Duemmler, Kierstin

(Working Papers MAPS ; 2)

Using ethnographic material, this article analyzes the processes at work in the construction of valued masculinity among young men in a Swiss vocational school. By adopting a theoretical boundary-making approach, we argue that double boundary work takes place in order to assert a specific form of hegemonic masculinity as the only legitimate way to be “a real man”. First, young men in the...

Université de Neuchâtel

Islam and gender in the boundary work of young adults in Switzerland

Dahinden, Janine ; Duemmler, Kierstin ; Moret, Joëlle

(Working Papers MAPS ; 1)

In many European countries, cultural and religious diversity is increasingly discussed as being a fundamental problem. This paper addresses this issue by applying the theoretical perspective of boundary work: On behalf of a mixed-method-study with young adults, we explore how public discursive constructions about ‘differences’ are used and interpreted in daily life in order to constitute...