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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

To slap a “Kraxelhora”: Violence as category-bound activity in young men’s talk

Kjerstin Andersson Much of the research, on boys’ violence towards girls is problematised, and linked to sexist attitudes held by boys towards girls. In this article I intend to show that, in discussing violence, violence towards girls is not generally accepted among the otherwise violent boys in this study. In a study of violent boys … Continue reading

Searching for traces of hegemonic masculinity in a New Zealand school setting

Paul Horton This article considers the ways in which hegemonic masculinity has been constituted in New Zealand through a configuration of both historically contextualised practices at the regional level, and daily practice at the local level. In doing so, the article critically readdresses the concept of hegemonic masculinity and how it has been used, and … Continue reading