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Friendship temporalities and gender politics among Swedish, straight men
Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Historisk-filosofiska fakulteten, Centrum för genusvetenskap.
2018 (Engelska)Konferensbidrag, Enbart muntlig presentation (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Abstract [en]

Friendship is gaining attention as narratives about family and heterosexuality are increasingly questioned.  While friendships between (certain groups of) women have sometimes been approached as empowering and important to political solidarity, friendships between straight men have been seen as arenas where sexism and homophobia may be reproduced or where hidden sexual desires are negotiated.

 

In this paper, I discuss negotiations about friendship, homoeroticism, gender constructions and politics among a group of middle-class, white and straight Swedish (cis)men, critical of “traditional” ways of being a man as well as homophobia among men. Making use of Jack Halberstam’s notion of  “queer temporalities”, I argue that while friendship is crucial to the men’s attempts to question gender constructions, they do not to the same degree see friendship as a radical tool to decentre the family, the couple and heterosexuality. Instead, the narratives about the start and continuation of the interviewees’ friendships as well as stories about every-day friendship activities can be connected to normative temporalities of friendship and to friendship’s secondary position in relation to, for instance, heterosexual coupledom. Thus, friendship is lived alongside and adjusted to the demands of heterosexual life schedules. Despite this, cracks and contradictions are discernible in the interviewees’ stories, rendering friendship, romantic and familial relations contested and unclear. 

 

The stories about friendship are ambiguous and highlight important tensions, the better understanding of which deepens knowledge about how friendship and other relationships are negotiated in relation to each other and in relation to time, as well as about how gendered subject positions, relationships, feelings and attachments are made im/possible and un/available. Ultimately, a better understanding of these stories opens up for new ways of imagining and exploring potential intimacies and solidarities between men but also for problematizing friendship as well as other intimacies and relationships. 

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Uppsala, 2018.
Nationell ämneskategori
Genusstudier
Forskningsämne
Genusvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-366480OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-366480DiVA, id: diva2:1264659
Konferens
3rd Intimate international conference: Queering Friendship, Lisbon, October 16-18, 2018.
Tillgänglig från: 2018-11-20 Skapad: 2018-11-20 Senast uppdaterad: 2018-11-20

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