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Ulf Mellström Som redaktör för NORMA tycker jag mig se hur det med tiden blivit allt tydligare att tidskriften och dess innehåll kommit att ligga mitt i strömfåran för det som vi numera kan kalla den tredje vågens maskulinitetsforskning. Det är glädjande att NORMA som nu är inne på sitt tredje utgivningsår faktiskt har lyckats … Continue reading

Over gravlax sandwiches and a Coke, a lunch conversation on masculinities with James W. Messerschmidt

Kjerstin Andersson James Messerschmidt, professor of Sociology (Dept. of Criminology and Women’s and Gender Studies program) at University of Southern Maine, USA has, since he received his Ph.D. from the Criminology Institute in the Department of Sociology at the Stockholm University, had a close relationship with Sweden and the Nordic counties. During the first week … Continue reading

The Full Monty: Masculinity undressed

Thomas Johansson The main argument in this article is that the contemporary image of masculinity and of young men’s construction of masculinity – in research as well as in popular literature on these issues – often is very stereotypical. This observation forms the point of departure for this article and the issue at hand here, … Continue reading

Chemistries of love: Impotence, erectile dysfunction and Viagra in Läkartidningen

Ericka Johnson This article examines the discourse surrounding impotence, erectile dysfunction and Viagra in the Swedish medical journal Läkartidningen. It draws on articles published from 1990 to 2006, the eight years prior to and after Viagra’s 1998 introduction. Close reading of the articles has shown changes over this time period in how the impotent patient … Continue reading

It feels like a defoliation: Older men’s notions of informal support as primary caregivers

Henrik Eriksson, Keith Pringle & Jonas Sandberg Little interest has been given to painting a broader picture of men’s relation to caring and care giving activities and when it has, it has often tended to uphold stereotypic notions regarding men’s attitudes to caring activities. This article explores older men’s account of becoming and being primary … Continue reading

Opp mot toppen, ned langs elven: Mot et vokabular for mannlighetsarbeid

Thomas Ugelvik This article explores ‘identity’ and ‘identity work’ as analytical tools. Theoretically, identity is understood as the end product of continuing negotiations between individuals meeting in specific socio-cultural settings. Identity is thus the name of something both individual and social, fundamentally without essence, always unstable, never made once and for all. With this starting … Continue reading

Editorial: From older men to boys: Masculinity theory and the life course(s)

Jeff Hearn Feminist theory and practice have always focused on life – and its course or courses. This has necessarily meant in particular a concern with various and variegated gendered life courses. What has come to be known as ‘the life course’ is necessarily partly about men and masculinities; at the same time recent theoretical … Continue reading

Ancient monuments, mature men and those popping amphetamine: Researching the lives of older men

Linn Sandberg Research attention on older men and masculinities has been relatively scant. What has been written on older men has, however, often lacked a feminist and critical perspective. This article outlines some of the previous research and suggests a turn to feminist and queer theory to grasp the complexity of older men’s lives more … Continue reading

Negotiating involved fatherhood: Household work, childcare and spending time with children

Lucas Forsberg Recent research shows that Swedish fathers to a great extent endorse an ideal of gender equality and the discourse on the ‘new’, involved fatherhood that for several decades has been dominating Swedish family politics is now also more or less hegemonic among Swedish men. At the same time, research argues that there is … Continue reading

Implicit men in traffic safety discourse: A life course perspective on (auto)mobility, violations and interventions

Dag Balkmar Sweden is the first country in the world to have introduced the so-called Vision Zero (Nollvisionen): an ethical approach suggesting that road safety cannot be traded for mobility. Policy writings on traffic safety have so far been very limited in terms of explicitly addressing risk taking practices as mainly performed by men or … Continue reading