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Friendship – a matter of time?: Temporalities of friendship among Swedish, straight men.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research. Centre for gender research, Uppsala university.
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

While often implicitly overlooked in studies about close relationships and within gender studies, friendship is an increasingly important relationship in many Western countries (Roseneil, 2006). Focusing on friendship may contribute to decentring heterosexuality as well as familial relationships, and studying friendships between men can open up for discussing masculine positions and intimacies between men where homoeroticism, homosociality and homophobia may be renegotiated and thought about in new ways.     

In this paper, departing from individual and pair interviews with well-educated, urban, straight, white men about their friendships, I focus on the interviewees’ descriptions of friendship as important while also being a relationship constantly pressed for time. The stories are dilemmatic and open up for discussing friendship in relation to other close relationships, such as familial or romantic relationships, and in relation to time and temporalities. I scrutinize the stories through the lens of Halberstam’s (2005) thoughts about queer temporalities, and argue that 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, the heterosexual couple. I discuss strategies for making time for friendship among the interviewees, which include turning friendship into a flexible relationship that can be fitted around the demands of every-day life and conducted parallel to other activities.

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. Ultimately, a better understanding of them 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.
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Gender Studies
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-366479OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-366479DiVA, id: diva2:1264658
Conference
Close relations, Uppsala, October 24-26, 2018
Available from: 2018-11-20 Created: 2018-11-20 Last updated: 2018-11-20

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