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Making Friends: Constructions of Change, Masculine Positions and Friendships Among Former Drug Users
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research. Centre for gender research, Uppsala university.
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.

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New York: Springer, 2016.
Skrifter från Centrum för genusvetenskap / Crossroads of knowledge, ISSN 1653-4093
Keyword [en]
Men’s friendships, FRiendship, Drug abuse, Equity-oriented men, Change, Turning-point, Masculine positions, ‘Real’ friendship, instrumentality, ‘Other’ men
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Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-272360ISBN: 9783319290119OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-272360DiVA: diva2:945290
Available from: 2016-07-01 Created: 2016-01-13 Last updated: 2016-07-01

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