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Editorial: Moving beyond the comfort zone of masculinity politics?

Ulf Mellström It has lately been a heated debate around gender equality and masculinity politics in Sweden (e.g. Järvklo 2008, forthcoming, Egeberg Holmgren 2011). In this critical stream of research that focuses on men as political subjects of a feminist state reformist agenda, certain discursive constructions have been outlined. In short, these are the discursive … Continue reading

Cut out to handle a ladder? Age, experience and acts of commemoration

Jennie Olofsson This article is based on an ethnographic account of an association of retired fire fighters in the northern parts of Sweden. The intention is to outline how acts of storytelling and commemoration are paramount to aging in that they give a rite of passage to a particular process of aging. By this I … Continue reading

Men along the shore: Working-class masculinities in crisis

Jake Alimahomed-Wilson Drawing on in-depth interviews and oral histories of longshoremen working at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which combined is the fifth largest port complex in the world, this paper examines the ways in which socially constructed notions of working-class masculinity structures historically male-dominated occupations and trade unions. I argue that … Continue reading

Constructing successful old-age masculinities amongst athletes

Josefin Eman This article focuses on the issue of old-age masculinities by exploring if and how the process of growing old affects the gendered self-images of Swedish old male athletes. It follows the grounded theory research design of Kathy Charmaz and is based on interviews with nine athletes aged 68 to 90. The findings in … Continue reading

Audiophiles: Gender reproduction in a technological nerd culture

Bo Nilsson The point of departure for this article is a collective dominated by men; people interested in listening to music and sound through high fidelity (hi-fi) stereo equipment (audiophiles). The hi-fi culture actually attracts many different categories of people, such as music lovers, record buyers and collectors, hi-fi show visitors, designers, and journalists, but … Continue reading

Theorizing practice: Understanding resistance against gender-based violence in Cambodia

Mona Lilja This article analyses local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Cambodia and their programmes against gender-based violence (GBV), in order to understand what notions of power, agency and resistance that reside within these programmes. What theoretical concepts do we need in order to understand the organizations’ attempts to reduce GBV? The interviews displayed a number … Continue reading