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Introducing sexography: The situated study of mens sexual selves

Bjarke Oxlund This special issue of NORMA evokes the concept of sexography, which is not a conventional or established term in the vocabulary of social scientists or gender scholars. Rarely used and only scantily defined, sexography has, however, appeared in a number of different texts and contexts, where it has been used to designate phenomena … Continue reading

Number 125: Ritual performance and young mens purchase of sex in Buenos Aires

Rikke Louise Knudsen In certain social circles in the upper middle class of Buenos Aires it is fairly common for young men to seek their first sexual encounters with sex workers. Often these encounters are encouraged and orchestrated by family members or peers. Based on four months of ethnographic fieldwork this article explores some of … Continue reading

It made me feel good and man enough: Love, sex and situational masculinity in a South African university context

Bjarke Oxlund This article investigates the significance of love, sex and relationships for the social becoming of young black, heterosexual men in the context of a South African university campus. The article, which is based on one year of ethnographic fieldwork at the Turfloop Campus of the University of Limpopo, shows that the ways in … Continue reading

No homo: Straight inoculations and the queering of masculinity in Swedish hip hop

Kalle Berggren Performing heterosexuality is often a central component in the making of masculinity. Yet queer theory with its critical focus on heterosexuality has not had the same impact on masculinity studies as on other areas of gender studies. This article seeks to contribute to the emerging use of queer theory within critical studies on … Continue reading

Sexualized bodies: Masculinity, power and identity in Mozambique

Sofia Aboim Drawing on ethnographic work carried out among Mozambican men living in Maputo (the capital of Mozambique), this paper intends to describe how subordinate men from a poor background are reconstructing their masculinity through the explicit sexualization of their self. It has been shown that among poor Mozambican men the lack of money or … Continue reading

Doing gender, doing away with illness: Diabetic disruptions to masculinity and sexuality in Northeast Brazil

Marie Kolling It is well documented in biomedical literature that impotence is a common complication of diabetes. What has received much less attention is how diabetes challenges male gender identity and how the illness interferes in intimate matters. Drawing on empirical findings from an anthropological fieldwork conducted among men and women who are living with … Continue reading