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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 of September of 2007 he visited both the University of Oslo and the Linköping University. At Tema Barn in Linköping professor Messerschmidt presented a lecture on, “From Being Bullied to Bullying: Bodies, Masculinities, and In-School Violence”. His research interests focus on the interrelation of gender, race, class, and crime. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, he is the author of eight books, including Masculinities and Crime (1993), Nine Lives: Adolescent Masculinities, the Body, and Violence (2000) and Flesh and Blood: Adolescent Gender Diversity and Violence, (2004). A co-authored article with R.W. Connell, “Hegemonic Masculinity: Rethinking the Concept” (in Gender and Society, 19 (6): 829–859) has been much debated since its publication in 2005. Prior to professor Messerschmidt’s lecture in Sweden, I had the opportunity to interview him over lunch. Read more

NORMA: Nordic Journal for Masculinity Studies 3(1), 5-12


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