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”I like him so much and he has meant so much to me”: The complexity of intimacy in men’s friendships
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research. Linköpings universitet.
2015 (English)Conference paper, 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.

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Men, masculinities, friendship, homoerotism, homophobia, intimacy between men, profeminist men, Sweden, swedishness
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Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-246092OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-246092DiVA: diva2:791830
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

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