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Theorising Men and Masculinities

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In progress


Jeff Hearn

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The ‘Theorising Men and Masculinities’ project is a development from longstanding empirical, conceptual and theoretical research and scholarship. It is an established research strand within the GEXcel field: Critical Studies on Men and Masculinities as part of the GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies. More specifically, the project focuses on:

i)                    contemporary development on methodologies and theorising on men and masculinities;

ii)                  the implications of the intersections of different feminist traditions and theories for critical studies on men and masculinities; and

iii)                debates on naming, hegemonies, (de)stabilisations, materiality and discourse, concepts of gender/sex and gex, and the possibilities of the abolition of “men” as a gender category of power.

The project engages with and problematises dominant frameworks on masculinities to more complex and pluralist approaches, in intersection with feminist theorisings. Editorships and memberships of editorial boards include: Men and MasculinitiesNORMA: International Journal for Masculinity StudiesCulture, Society and MasculinitiesInternational Journal of Men’s Health.

Recent publications:

K. Andersson (2012) ’Gola aldrig! Pedofilen som undantag’, in L. Gottzén and R. Jonsson (eds.) Andra män - Maskulinitet, normskapande och jämställdhet. Malmö: Gleerups

K. Andersson (2012) ‘Constructing and being 'the Other': Young Men's Talk on Ethnic Racist Violence, in C.-M. Pascale (ed.) Inequality: The politics of Representation in a Global

Landscape, Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge/Sage.

L. Gunnarsson (2014) The Contradictions of Love: Towards a Feminist-Realist Ontology of Sociosexuality. London: Routledge.

J. Hearn, ‘Male bodies, masculine bodies, men’s bodies: the need for a concept of gex’, in B.S. Turner (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Body Studies, Routledge, London and New York, 2012, pp. 307-320.

J. Hearn,’Men and masculinities’, in M. Evans and C. H. Williams (eds.) Gender: The Key Concepts, Routledge. London, 2012, pp. 149-156.

J. Hearn, ’Opening up material-discursive (trans-)forms of life … politically, theoretically, institutionally, personally’, in M.M. Wojtaszek and E. Just (eds.) Quilting Stories: Essays in Honor of Elzbieta H. Oleksy, Wydawnictwo Uniwerytetu Łódzkiego [University of Lodz Press], Łódź: 2012, pp. 135-158.

J. Hearn, M. Nordberg, K. Andersson, D. Balkmar, L. Gottzén, R. Klinth, K. Pringle, and L. Sandberg,’Hegemonic masculinity and beyond: 40 years of research in Sweden’, Men and Masculinities, Vol. 15(1), 2012, pp. 31-55.

J. Hearn ‘A multi-faceted power analysis of men’s violence to known women: From hegemonic masculinity to the hegemony of men’, Sociological Review, Vol. 60(4), 2012, pp. 589-610.

J. Hearn, ‘Methods and methodologies in Critical Studies on Men and Masculinities’, in  B. Pini and B. Pease (eds.) Men, Masculinities and Methodologies, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2013, pp. 26-38.

J. Hearn ‘The sociological significance of domestic violence: tensions, paradoxes, and implications’, Current Sociology, Special issue ‘Violence and society: Introduction to an emerging field of sociology’, Vol. 16(2), 2013, pp. 152-170.

J. Hearn ’Contradictory male/masculine/men’s “I”s: the unwriting of men, and the concept of gex’, Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses (RCEI), 66, 2013, pp. 13-24.

J. Hearn, M. Blagojević and K. Harrison, eds. Rethinking Transnational Men: Beyond, Between and Within Nations, Routledge, New York, 2013.

J. Hearn ‘On men, organizations and intersectionality: personal, working, political and theoretical reflections (or how organization studies met profeminism)’, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, special issue on “Men ‘Doing’ In-Equalities Research: Critical Reflections and Analyses from Men in the Field”, Vol. 33(5), 2014, pp. 414-428.

J. Hearn, ‘Men, masculinities and the material(-)discursive’, NORMA: The International Journal of Masculinity Studies, Vol. 9(1), 2014, pp. 5-17.

M. Hedlin and M. Åberg, The call for more male preschool teachers: Echoed and questioned by Swedish student teachersEarly Child Development and Care, Vol. 183(1), 2013, pp. 149-162.

U. Mellström (2012) ‘From masculinity politics to a politics of intimacy and vulnerability?’, NORMA: Nordic Journal for Masculinity Studies, Vol. 7(2), 2012, pp. 117-123.

L. Holth, Line and U. Mellström ‘Revisiting Engineering, Masculinity and Technology Studies: Old Structures with New Openings’, International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology, Vol 3(2), 2011, pp. 313-329.

U. Mellström ‘Changing affective economies of masculine machineries and military masculinities? From Ernst Jünger to Shannen Rossmiller’, Masculinities and Social Change2(1), 2013, 422. doi: 10.4471/MCS.2013.01

L. Sandberg ‘Being there for my grandchild: Grandparents’ responses to their grandchildren’s exposure to domestic violence’, Child and Family Social Work, 2014, in press.

L. Sandberg ‘Backward, dumb and violent hillbillies?: rural geographies and intersectional studies on intimate partner violence’, Affilia Journal of Women and Social Work, 28(4), 2013, pp. 350-365.

L. Sandberg ‘Affirmative Old Age: the Ageing body and Feminist theories on Difference’, IJAL– International Journal of Ageing and Later life, 8(1), 2013, pp. 11-40.

L. Sandberg ‘’Just feeling a naked body close to you’: Men, Sexuality and Intimacy in Later Life’, Sexualities,Vol. 16(3/4), 2013, pp.261-282.

L. Sandberg ’Bortom ståndet, närmare beröringen: möten mellan Irigaray och den åldrande manskroppen’, Tidskrift för genusvetenskap, nr. 3, 2012, pp. 61-85.

L. Sandberg ”Man har ju lärt sig ett och annat”: äldre män och berättelser om sexualitet, mognad och förändring I: Gottzén L. and Jonsson R. (eds.), Andra män : Maskuliniteter, normskapande och jämställdhet, Malmö: Gleerups, 2012, pp. 45-63.

L. Sandberg Getting intimate: a feminist analysis of old age, masculinity and sexuality. Diss. Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2011. [akademisk avhandling för doktorsexamen i genusvetenskap]

T. Saar and M. Nordberg ’Barn, estetik och konstnärliga metoder’, In: A. Löfdahl, M.

Hjalmarsson and K. Franzén (eds.) Förskollärarens metod och vetenskapsteori. Stockholm: Liber, 2014, pp. 69-80.

M. Åberg & M. Hedlin, ´Förskolläraren - ett hot?´, Norsk pedagogisk tidsskrift, Vol. 96(6), 2012, pp. 441-452.