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“We only help women with children here”: Male clients at an Icelandic material aid charity

James G. Rice This paper explores the under-researched positions of men as clients within a mate- rial aid charity system predominantly geared towards assisting women and children. The research on which this paper is derived, is from a multi-year ethnographic research project that focused on the practices of material aid charities in contemporary wealthy societies. … Continue reading

Editorial: Masculinity studies as fetish and the need of a feminist imagination

Lucas Forsberg This winter, a debate on masculinity studies took place in the Swedish journal Arena. Sara Edenheim (2009), who initiated the debate, criticized masculinity studies for not only being theoretically undeveloped, but also for having antifeminist tendencies. The following debate, where, among others, the editor of NORMA participated, mainly dealt with the relationship between … Continue reading

Masculinity at the margins: Othering, marginality and resistance among young marginalized ethnic minority men

Sune Qvotrup Jensen This article analyses how young marginalized ethnic minority men in Denmark react to the othering they are subject to in the media as well as in the social arenas of every day life. The article is based on theoretically informed ethnographic fieldwork among such young men as well as interviews and other … Continue reading

The bionic man goes autoerotic: Theoretic keys towards a refined understanding of men’s risk taking in public space

Dag Balkmar & Tanja Joelsson Gender construction in relation to mobility and movement gives rise to intriguing questions regarding the interfaces between men, masculinity, technology, »danger» and risk-taking, especially when discussing issues of traffic safety. How can we conceptualize men’s risk taking practices within the traffic realm? By drawing on research from feminist science and … Continue reading

Men’s activism, moral reasoning and good fatherhood in post-divorce family context

Leena Autonen-Vaaraniemi This article explores post-divorce fatherhood as advocated by Finnish men’s activism. Drawing on advisory texts published by a men’s activist group for men about to divorce, the study analyses the ways of arguing for and the content of good and desirable post-divorce fatherhood. It also examines the consequences of activating post-divorce fatherhood for … Continue reading

The meaning of sport for male relations in health care

Per Ekstrand & Esa Kumpula The aim of this article is to problematize how sport can be an arena to enable and develop male relations in health care. We discuss how intimacy and touch can be related to these processes and how male bodies are involved in creation of the constructions of masculinities in health … Continue reading

Editorial: Men, resistance and political radicalization

Ann-Dorte Christensen & Sune Qvotrup Jensen New possibilities for political articulation and new forms of cultural expression have emerged in contemporary societies and some of these are taken up when men construct political identities. Men throughout the world develop radical political identities as a reaction to social changes, migration and globalization – some based on … Continue reading

Masculinity, gender and the new wars

Jane L. Parpart The failures of the anticipated peace dividend in the post-Cold War world inspired a search for causes of the expanding conflicts in Africa and elsewhere. The answers have been sought for the most part in the greed and grievances that have emerged in our increasingly unequal and competitive global economy. Gender has … Continue reading

The gender of extremes: Radicalization of young male football supporters during the German occupation of Denmark

Hans Bonde At the Danish national stadium on 5th of June 1941, on Denmark’s annually celebrated Constitutional Day, no less, the Viennese football team Admira demonstrated the superiority of Greater Germany with a 4–1 victory over a select Copenhagen team, thereby triggering among the young Danish male spectators a demonstratively negative reaction to a highly … Continue reading

A real revolutionary: Gender, class and political resistance in Swedish radical social movements in the 1960s and 1970s

Helena Hill Gender research on social movements in the 1960s and 1970s has often focused on the women’s liberation movement. This article focuses on the radical left social movement during the same period. It shows that the production of political ideology is closely related to the production of masculinity. Two debates of major importance for … Continue reading