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Masculinity and the sociality of cooking in men’s everyday lives
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics.
Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics.
2016 (English)In: Sociological Review, ISSN 0038-0261, E-ISSN 1467-954XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article explores how 31 Swedish men (22–88 years old) talk about the sociality of domestic cooking in everyday life. We demonstrate how domestic cooking – for oneself, for others and with others – is part of the understanding of contemporary Swedish men and how the expressed sociality of cooking is intertwined with accomplishments of masculinity. The sociality of cooking is not only about homosocial leisure but also a way for men to maintain heterosocial relationships and assume domestic responsibility. We discuss a potential cultural transition in men's domestic meal sociality and suggest the need for studies of gendered divisions of domestic work and the sociology of food to analyse how cooking shares similar properties to those of commensality, and the implications of this regarding gender relations.

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Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2016.
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Gender Studies Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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Food, Nutrition and Dietetics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-301493OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-301493DiVA: diva2:954679
Available from: 2016-08-23 Created: 2016-08-23 Last updated: 2016-09-23Bibliographically approved
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