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IngenMansLand : om män som feminister, intervjuframträdanden och passerandets politik
2011 (Swedish)Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores constructions of gendered and gender political positions and practices of men identifying as ‘feminist’. The analysis is based on qualitative interviews with 28 men aged 20-34. At issue is how seemingly contradictory positions for men as feminists are made comprehensible in theory and practice.

An introduction showcase theoretical discussions on gendered experiences and the possibilities of men being feminist, mainly from standpoint, radical feminist and poststructuralist radical constructionist perspectives. Men doing feminism emerge as an unresolved complex matter. This is followed by a critical discussion of state feminism, double emancipation and research on men and masculinities in the welfare state. The support for men’s participation, predominantly as white heterosexual fathers, in the Swedish gender equality project has consequences for the construction of men as potentially ‘new’, ‘good’ gender equal feminist subjects. In the construction of profeminist positions in interview performances, interviewees are located in-between the radical feminist, poststructuralist and gender equality perspectives on men, masculinity and feminism.

Two themes involve an implementation of the concept of passing and introduce the analytical concept of co-fielding. Passing consists of the microsociological process of making radical and deconstructive profeminist positions authentic and yet being able to manage masculinity in homosocial contexts.

Co-fielding refers to the conjoint interlacing of experiences, knowledge and meaning-making in interview interaction where relations of researcher-researched are characterized by discursive closeness and overlapping positions. Co-fielding practices affect the outcomes of co-construction of interview performances, the negotiation of gender and power relations and the reflexive use of (in this case feminist) knowledge in qualitative interviews.

In analyzing the presentations of self, ambiguous meanings of profeminist positions emerge and the doing, undoing and redoing of feminism and masculinity appear multi-faceted. Radical feminism and radical constructionism seem intersected in making men’s feminist positions comprehensible. Such rebellious positions emerge as oxymoronic and, when critically brought into the gender equality context, located in a no man’s land out of place.

In all, the thesis seeks to bring together theoretical, national and empirical locations of profeminist men, and in a concluding chapter also explore issues of ethics in feminist research and cross-gender interviewing.

Place, publisher, year, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2011. 133 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Social Sciences, ISSN 1652-9030 ; 65
Keyword [en]
men, masculinity, feminism, feminist men, profeminism, radical feminism, poststructuralist feminism, radical constructionism, gender equality, state feminism, double emancipation, masculinity politics, performance, performativity, doing gender, Goffman, interview interaction, qualitative interviews, cross-gender interviewing, passing, position, homosociality, reflexivity, situational analysis, co-fielding
National Category
Sociology Gender Studies
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-145853 (URN)978-91-554-8005-9 (ISBN)oai:DiVA.org:uu-145853 (OAI)
Public defence
2011-03-26, sal IX, Universitetshuset, Biskopsgatan 3, Uppsala, 10:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from2011-03-04 Created:2011-02-11 Last updated:2011-05-04
List of papers
1. Framing 'men in feminism'
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Framing 'men in feminism' : theoretical locations, local contexts and practical passings in men's gender-conscious positionings on gender equality and feminism
2009 (English)In: Journal of Gender Studies, ISSN 0958-9236, E-ISSN 1465-3869, Vol. 18, no 4, 403-418Artikel i tidskrift (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article addresses some aspects of the 'Man Question' in feminism, by way of the analysis of men's diverse gender-conscious positionings in relation to gender, gender equality and feminism. It builds on earlier work, making use of theoretical models in feminist literature combined with the micro-sociological concept of passing. The article is primarily concerned with the theoretical and empirical complexities, contradictions and ambiguities of men's positionings, as when they are self-defined as 'feminists' (or similar identifications) in radical or deconstructive ways. In this, Swedish interview data are used. Sweden is considered particularly interesting, with a qualified societal consensus on gender equality and a broadly positive place accorded to men's relations with feminism. The authors argue in the final section that there is a need to further dialogue between analyses of men/masculinities and the multidimensionality of feminisms, as well as a need for more empirical studies of men's different (pro) feminist positionings in order to elaborate the theoretical implications of different social contexts. The framing presented seeks to provide greater possibilities for such complex, nuanced and situated understandings of men's relation to feminism, theoretically, analytically and politically.

London: Routledge, 2009
Keyword
feminism, gender equality, men, masculinity, passing, positioning
National Category
Sociology Gender Studies
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-108801 (URN)10.1080/09589230903260076 (DOI)000276077600007 (ISI)
Available from2009-09-30 Created:2009-09-30 Last updated:2011-03-10Bibliographically approved
2. Killing Bill
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Killing Bill : men as rebellious feminists in the politics of passing
2007 (English)In: Artikel i tidskrift (Refereed) Published
Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 2007
Keyword
feminist men, double emancipation, masculinity, passing, stigma, homosociality, separatism, rebellious positions, oxymoron
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-16060 (URN)
Available from2008-04-14 Created:2008-04-14 Last updated:2011-03-21Bibliographically approved
3. Performing Feminist Affinity
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Performing Feminist Affinity : Interviewing Feminist Men in Sweden
2008 (English)In: Artikel i tidskrift (Refereed) Published
Mayagüez: Centro de Publicaciones Académicas UPR-RUM, 2008
Keyword
masculinity, qualitative interviews, feminist men, interview performance, cross-gender interviewing
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-108804 (URN)
Available from2009-09-30 Created:2009-09-30 Last updated:2011-04-28Bibliographically approved
4. Co-fielding in qualitative interviews
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Co-fielding in qualitative interviews : gender, knowledge and interaction in a study of (pro)feminist men
2011 (English)In: Qualitative Inquiry, ISSN 1077-8004, E-ISSN 1552-7565, Vol. 17, no 4, 364-378Artikel i tidskrift (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article is located within research on cross-gender interviewing and concerns methodological and analytical challenges in a study of (pro) feminist men and seeks to contribute to the literature on interview interaction and the knowledge to be gained from such research experiences. The article discusses the negotiation of interviewer/interviewee interaction, practices of gender and theoretical knowledge along with how this might influence the coconstruction of interview performances. Interviewees reflexively turned narratives into theoretical analysis which turned out to be important aspects of presentation of self and in the doings of gender and feminism. The concept of "cofielding" is introduced to address these interview performances but is suggested to have a wider applicability to studies of researcher/researched relationships characterized by discursive closeness and overlapping positions. Cofielding practices point to how the doings of interviewer/interviewee and power relationships can be performed and negotiated-even played with in the speech act of interview interaction.

Keyword
interview interaction, interview performance, reflexivity, co-fielding, men, masculinity, feminism, profe-minism, doing gender
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-145851 (URN)10.1177/1077800411401199 (DOI)000289278400008 (ISI)
Available from2011-02-11 Created:2011-02-11 Last updated:2011-05-09Bibliographically approved

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