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Goedecke, K. (2018). "Other Guys Don't Hang Out Like This": Gendered Friendship Politics Among Swedish, Middle-Class Men. (Doctoral dissertation). Uppsala: Centrum för Genusvetenskap, Uppsala universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Other Guys Don't Hang Out Like This": Gendered Friendship Politics Among Swedish, Middle-Class Men
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The overarching aim of this thesis is to deepen the understanding of men’s friendships, in relation to gender, sexuality, power, masculine positions, feminisms and gender equality. The thesis draws upon in-depth interviews conducted individually and with pairs of men, between 25 and 49 years old, predominantly well-educated, white, straight and working white-collar or cultural jobs, twenty in total. Through analysis from feminist perspectives, the thesis approaches men’s friendships as ambivalent, as both holding radical promises and potentially reproducing and normalising existing discourses, gender figurations and power relations.

In the thesis, friendship is discussed in relation to research about queer temporalities, showing that friendship is expected to be deprioritised in relation to familial and romantic relationships, associated with constructions of “adult life”. Research about therapeutic discourses and disclosure dominating contemporary views of intimacy are used to analyse the role of conversations. Conversations are central to the stories about friendship and closely associated to authenticity and courage to be open about feelings, and are also relevant to how the interviewees talk about themselves as gendered. It is shown that friendship is connected to gender politics and to the production of masculine positions, where allegedly stoic, competitive and homophobic friendships between “laddish” men function as contrast to the interviewees’ friendships. It is also shown how the interview is an important arena for performing masculine positions as well as certain kinds of friendships. In-depth scrutinising of the interview situation shows complex negotiations about what the interview is and should be, as well as gendered emotion work between interviewer and interviewee(s).

Using feminist and poststructuralist approaches, which have thus far been uncommon in studies of friendship, the thesis shows how meaning-makings around friendships are interrelated with the production of masculine positions, discourses around sexuality and class, as well as Swedish ideologies of gender equality. Friendships are explicitly politicised and seen as a tool of social change, negotiations which form a gendered friendship politics. The gendered friendship politics contribute to reproducing, normalising and disrupting gender relations and expectations on men. This complicates and deepens discussions about men’s friendships and men’s relationships to processes of social change. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Centrum för Genusvetenskap, Uppsala universitet, 2018. p. 287
Keywords
Masculinity, men, gender, friendship, male friendship, intimacy, disclosing intimacy, conversations, self-development, lads, emotion work, positioning, queer temporalities, friendship temporalities, homosociality, gender equality, Sweden, interview interaction, qualitative interviews, cross-sex interviews, politics, gender politics, masculine positions, middle-class, class, niceness, homophobia, Manlighet, män, genus, genusforskning, vänskap, manlig vänskap, intimitet, samtal, personlig utveckling, grabbar, grabbighet, emotionellt arbete, homosocialitet, könsroller, jämställdhet, Sverige, intervjuinteraktion, kvalitativ metod, forskningsmetodik, queer temporalitet, vänskapstemporalitet, intervjuinteraktion, intervjuer med män, politik, genuspolitik, maskulina positioner, medelklass, klass, svenskhet, trevlighet, homofobi
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338844 (URN)978-91-506-2679-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-03-15, Humanistiska teatern, Engelska parken, Thunbersgvägen 3H, Uppsala, 13:15 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2018-02-20 Created: 2018-01-25 Last updated: 2018-02-20
Goedecke, K. (2016). Making Friends: Constructions of Change, Masculine Positions and Friendships Among Former Drug Users. In: Häyrén, Anneli; Wahlström Henriksson, Helena (Ed.), Critical Perspectives on Masculinities and Relationalities: In Relation to What?. New York: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Making Friends: Constructions of Change, Masculine Positions and Friendships Among Former Drug Users
2016 (English)In: Critical Perspectives on Masculinities and Relationalities: In Relation to What? / [ed] Häyrén, Anneli; Wahlström Henriksson, Helena, New York: Springer, 2016Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Many facets of relationality are explored in this chapter, which highlights meaning-makings around men’s friendships, processes of change – relating a perceived “new” self to an “old” one – and the relationship between interviewer and interviewee. The author explores narratives of friendship among a group of young men involved in exit processes, leaving a life of crime and drug-abuse and starting to build a non-criminal and non-drug abusing life. The chapter is based on interviews and the performative aspects of the interview situation are underscored; thus, talking about changing one’s life can be understood as performing or doing change(dness) during the interview. The interviewees’ narratives of themselves and their friendships are structured by turning-points and temporal dichotomies, where “now” is separated from “then”, and “new” from “old”. A new, caring, communicative self who is capable of having real friends is contrasted against an old, violent, manipulative, aggressive and friendless self. Arguing that one is capable of to uphold “real friendship” is vital when positioning as changed during the interview, and the author argues that this is a part of a dramatic reorientation in the men’s masculinity projects, which can be understood in relation to ideas of Swedishness, gender-equality and “new”, caring masculinities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Springer, 2016
Series
Skrifter från Centrum för genusvetenskap / Crossroads of knowledge, ISSN 1653-4093
Keywords
Men’s friendships, FRiendship, Drug abuse, Equity-oriented men, Change, Turning-point, Masculine positions, ‘Real’ friendship, instrumentality, ‘Other’ men
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-272360 (URN)9783319290119 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-07-01 Created: 2016-01-13 Last updated: 2016-07-01
Goedecke, K. (2016). Riktiga vänner och andra män: Äkthet, känslor och beröring i mäns vänskapsrelationer.. Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, 37(2), 77-98
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Riktiga vänner och andra män: Äkthet, känslor och beröring i mäns vänskapsrelationer.
2016 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, E-ISSN 2001-1377, Vol. 37, no 2, p. 77-98Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Feminist researchers have had an ambivalent relation to friendships between men.They have been seen as both threatening and promising, as relationships in which gendered power relations can be either reproduced or challenged. This article draws upon interviews with heterosexual men about their friendships with other men, and the role of emotional and physical closeness in these friendships. The interviewees distinguish between “real” and less real friendships, and argue that they are capable of recognizing and having “real” friendships. They see friendship as gendered, and argue that men in general have difficulties with friendship. Physical closeness, especially hugging, is also discussed. The interviewees distinguish between “real” hugs and back pat hugs, arguing that most men engage in the latter out of fear of closeness and homophobia, but that they themselves prefer the former kind of hug. These narratives are analysed as rhetorical tools making the interviewees stand out as exceptional in relation to other men, who are depicted as shallow or scared of getting close to male friends. By drawing on ideas about “real friendship” and authenticity, they position themselves as anti-homophobic and anti-laddish; as a certain kind of men, aware of gender constructions and different from various “Others”. The article highlights the construction of an anti-homophobic and anti-laddish masculine position in a contemporary Swedish context, focusing on ideas about friendship and authenticity. The interview is theorized as an arena for doing positioning work, where boundaries are drawn and categories are re/produced, one of which is the idea of “real” friendship, used for distinguishing between different kinds of men and relationships. The discussions about friendship are complex, as well as filled with longing for and envisionings of new kinds of friendships and intimacies between men.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2016
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-272354 (URN)
Available from: 2016-01-13 Created: 2016-01-13 Last updated: 2017-11-30
Alenius Wallin, L. & Goedecke, K. (2016). With a little help from my friends: Gender and intimacy in two friendship research projects. LIR.journal (7), 55-73
Open this publication in new window or tab >>With a little help from my friends: Gender and intimacy in two friendship research projects
2016 (English)In: LIR.journal, E-ISSN 2001-2489, no 7, p. 55-73Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Friendship is an undertheorized but increasingly important relationship in late modernity. In this article, the authors present findings from two ongoing research projects about friendship, gender and age in contemporary Sweden. They argue that discourses about gender and friendship are very relevant for how friendship is conceptualized both among men and women, but that the well-known ideas about men’s inability and women’s capacity to be close friends ought to be problematized further, from feminist perspectives. Furthermore, they discuss friendships practices, problematizing the frequent equation of friendship and “deep”, intimate dialogues. Intimate dialogues are important but may overshadow other friendship practices, like various kinds of support, but the authors show that support is negotiated in relation to ideas of ideal friendship, permeated by reciprocity and equality. The authors call for further feminist research about friendship, arguing that a feminist perspective can destabilize gendered dichotomies and make it possible to problematize power relations, vulnerabilities and exclusions in friendships.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet, 2016
Keywords
Friendship, intimacy, “disclosing intimacy”, gender, feminism, men’s friendships, older women’s friendship, dialogue, reciprocity
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-272352 (URN)
Available from: 2016-01-13 Created: 2016-01-13 Last updated: 2017-11-30
Goedecke, K. (2015). Among bros, buddies and BFFs: Gender, subjecthood and intimacy in men’s friendships.. In: : . Paper presented at 6th ACSIS cultural studies conference "In the Flow: People, Media, Materialities", June 15-17, 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Among bros, buddies and BFFs: Gender, subjecthood and intimacy in men’s friendships.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Men’s friendships have, within feminist studies, been seen as relations where, on the one hand, sexism and homophobia might be re/produced, or where, on the other hand, new, caring and relationship-oriented masculine positions could be developed. Men’s friendships are thus connected to gender relations and constructions of masculine positions, but despite their cultural and political significance, they remain undertheorized in Swedish research. Using cultural representations and in-depth interviews with men, I discuss men’s friendships with special attention to meaning-making processes around subjecthood, intimacy, relationality and masculinity, which I claim are closely related. I argue that a better understanding of friendships between men not only deepens the understanding of which subject positions, relationships and feelings that are made im/possible and un/available when it comes to men’s friendships in a Swedish context, but also opens up for new ways of imagining and exploring potential intimacies and solidarities between men.

National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-261276 (URN)
Conference
6th ACSIS cultural studies conference "In the Flow: People, Media, Materialities", June 15-17, 2015
Available from: 2015-09-01 Created: 2015-09-01 Last updated: 2016-01-13
Goedecke, K. (2015). ”I like him so much and he has meant so much to me”: The complexity of intimacy in men’s friendships. In: : . Paper presented at Nordic Summer school symposium "Exploring affect: Love", Gothenburg feb 27-mar 1, 2015..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>”I like him so much and he has meant so much to me”: The complexity of intimacy in men’s friendships
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Homosocial relations between men have been widely discussed in feminist research. Men’s friendships, more specifically, have been seen as threatening but also promising to the feminist project – relations where, on the one hand, sexism and homophobia might be re/produced, or where, on the other hand, new, caring and relationship-oriented masculine positions could be developed. In a Swedish context, men’s relationships within the family and within homosocial groups in organizations have often been studied, but men’s friendships remain under-theorized. Using individual and pair interviews with men, I investigate meaning making processes and negotiations regarding love, care, vulnerability, touch, homoerotism and homophobia in men’s friendships with men. I discuss how men’s friendships are made meaningful in the tension between images of men’s friendships as emotionally shallow, competitive and homophobic, and ideas of Swedish men as more equity- and relation-oriented, emotional and caring than ”Other” (e.g. classed and racialized) men. I argue that a better understanding of friendships between men not only deepens the understanding of which subject positions, relationships, feelings and attachments that are made im/possible and un/available when it comes to men’s friendships in a Swedish context, but also opens up for new ways of imagining and exploring potential intimacies and solidarities.

Keywords
Men, masculinities, friendship, homoerotism, homophobia, intimacy between men, profeminist men, Sweden, swedishness
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-246092 (URN)
Conference
Nordic Summer school symposium "Exploring affect: Love", Gothenburg feb 27-mar 1, 2015.
Available from: 2015-03-02 Created: 2015-03-02 Last updated: 2015-03-02
Goedecke, K. (2015). With a little help from my friends: Intimacies and solidarities in men’s friendships. In: : . Paper presented at "Beyond the nuclear family. The philosophy of close personal relationships". Umeå, september 10-11, 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>With a little help from my friends: Intimacies and solidarities in men’s friendships
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-272347 (URN)
Conference
"Beyond the nuclear family. The philosophy of close personal relationships". Umeå, september 10-11, 2015
Available from: 2016-01-13 Created: 2016-01-13 Last updated: 2016-01-13
Goedecke, K. (2014). Making friends: Understanding changing (?) intimacies in friendships between men.. In: : . Paper presented at Third Nordic conference on research on men and masculinities, "Emerging ideas in masculinity research - Masculinity studies in the North", Reykjavik, June 4-6, 2014.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Making friends: Understanding changing (?) intimacies in friendships between men.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Gender Studies Cultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-234750 (URN)
Conference
Third Nordic conference on research on men and masculinities, "Emerging ideas in masculinity research - Masculinity studies in the North", Reykjavik, June 4-6, 2014
Available from: 2014-10-23 Created: 2014-10-23 Last updated: 2016-01-13
Goedecke, K. (2011). Att leva på gränsen: om maskulinitetsskapande, missbruk och mellanpositioner. In: red.: Ann-Sofie Lönngren ; delred.: Malin Ekström & Maria Margareta Österholm (Ed.), Queera intersektioner: queerseminariet vid Uppsala universitet 2008-2010 (pp. 109-121). Uppsala: Uppsala universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att leva på gränsen: om maskulinitetsskapande, missbruk och mellanpositioner
2011 (Swedish)In: Queera intersektioner: queerseminariet vid Uppsala universitet 2008-2010 / [ed] red.: Ann-Sofie Lönngren ; delred.: Malin Ekström & Maria Margareta Österholm, Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2011, p. 109-121Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2011
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-171549 (URN)978-91-506-2222-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-03-21 Created: 2012-03-21 Last updated: 2012-03-21Bibliographically approved
Goedecke, K. & Fredriksson, D. (2011). Rekryteringar vid samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten 1999-2009: En kvantitativ kartläggning och en kvalitativ analys.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Rekryteringar vid samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten 1999-2009: En kvantitativ kartläggning och en kvalitativ analys
2011 (Swedish)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-285898 (URN)
Available from: 2016-04-20 Created: 2016-04-20 Last updated: 2016-04-20
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