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Placing Nordic men and masculinities

Lucas Gottzén Although not a special call, the articles in the current issue of NORMA: Nordic Journal for Masculinity Studies could be read as contributing to spatial aspects of men and masculinities. This is perhaps not that surprising since all individuals, including men, live their lives in different places. It is however not self-evident that … Continue reading

Male mental illness and Norwegian compassion: A study of Elling (2001) and The Art of Negative Thinking (2006)

Adriana Margareta Dancus One of the recurrent images in Norwegian films produced in the 2000s is that of the socially inhibited male protagonist suffering from various psychiatric diagnoses. This article claims that the popularity of suffering manhood on screen must be understood in the context of Norway’s cultural and political self-comprehension as generous and compassionate. … Continue reading

Homosociality in the sexscapes of Sortavala, Russia

Elina Ihamäki The (historical) countryside town of Sortavala, Russia is located within close proximity to the Finnish border. The town has become a tourist destination for a number of Finnish tourists since the relaxation of these international borders regulations in the 1990s. During the past years, Finnish male tourists have been the most visible partakers … Continue reading

Cooking as masculine escapism: Masculine identity in The Naked Chef and Spise med Price

Jonatan Leer The boom in food television has presented a whole new gallery of celebrity chefs. It is striking that the majority are men and that many of them can be read as ways of negotiating an ‘uncertain’ masculine position through cooking. A case in point is The Naked Chef (1999–2001) in which Jamie Oliver … Continue reading

To age as a man: Ageing and masculinity in a small rural community in Sweden

Magnus Nilsson, Jan-Erik Hagberg & Eva Jeppsson Grassman This study aims to add to knowledge on the relation between ageing and masculinity in society by looking at how older unmarried and childless men in a small Swedish rural community articulate their masculinity in relation to being old. The study is based on interviews with eleven … Continue reading

Fatherhood and family-life during hospitalization of children suffering from heart diseases

Linnea Ytting & Lone Friis Thing This article focuses on a qualitative in-depth study of fatherhood and family life in relation to the hospitalization of families with children suffering from heart disease. The purpose of the study is to unfold fathers and mothers’ experiences of living at a hospital, for a shorter or longer period, … Continue reading