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Henriksson, A., Mellström, U. & Priori, A. (2019). Considering the parameters of transnational bachelorhood. In: : . Paper presented at ESA Conference European Sociological Association 20-23 August Manchester.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Considering the parameters of transnational bachelorhood
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Reaching beyond the media portrayals of 'dangerous migrant men', we ask what bachelorhood entails for migrated men within the European union. Using ethnographic data from Italy and interviews from Sweden, and drawing on previous research, we suggest that critical masculinity studies can be combined with the transnational family framework to situate the single men in a relational and transnational context. Our results indicate that bachelorhood is experienced as both freedom and a challenge to build a life that stretches across cultures and nationalities. In this context, masculinity is construed as both freedom from relations and as (conflicting) loyalties. Considering some differences between Italy and Sweden, we suggest ways in which to further examine transnational bachelorhood across Europe and across groups of migrating men.

Keywords
bachelors, migration, men and masculinities, transnational, singles
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75120 (URN)
Conference
ESA Conference European Sociological Association 20-23 August Manchester
Projects
Transnational bachelorhood. An ethnography of singledom among migrant men in the European Union
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2018-01476
Available from: 2019-10-07 Created: 2019-10-07 Last updated: 2019-11-15Bibliographically approved
Mellström, U. (2019). The current predicament of masculinity studies. Norma, 14(1), 1-2
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The current predicament of masculinity studies
2019 (English)In: Norma, ISSN 1890-2138, E-ISSN 1890-2146, Vol. 14, no 1, p. 1-2Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-71744 (URN)10.1080/18902138.2019.1587236 (DOI)2-s2.0-85062572866 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-04-05 Created: 2019-04-05 Last updated: 2019-04-26Bibliographically approved
Forstorp, P.-A. & Mellström, U. (2018). Higher Education, Globalization and Eduscapes: Towards a Critical Anthropology of a Global Knowledge Society (1ed.). London: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Higher Education, Globalization and Eduscapes: Towards a Critical Anthropology of a Global Knowledge Society
2018 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This book examines transnational scapes and flows of higher education: arguing that the educational and political vision of a national, regional and global knowledge society needs to be perspectivized beyond its ethnocentric conditions and meanings. Using eduscapes as its most important concept, this book explores the educational landscapes of individual as well as institutional actors; particularly the agential aspects of how global eduscapes are imagined, experienced, negotiated and constructed. In addition, the authors highlight the critical potential of anthropology, using this perspective as a resource for cultural critique where the Western experience and assumed ‘ownership’ of the global knowledge economy will be put into question. This comprehensive book will appeal to students and scholars of educational policy, the sociology of education and the globalization of education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. p. 319 Edition: 1
Series
Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education
Keywords
transnational scapes, eduscapes, higher education, ethnocentrism
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Gender Studies; Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-66867 (URN)10.1057/978-1-137-44047-1 (DOI)978-1-137-44046-4 (ISBN)978-1-137-44047-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-03-27 Created: 2018-03-27 Last updated: 2018-04-05Bibliographically approved
Balkmar, D. & Mellström, U. (2018). Masculinity and autonomous vehicles: A degendered or resegregated future system of automobility?. Transfers, 8(1), 44-63
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Masculinity and autonomous vehicles: A degendered or resegregated future system of automobility?
2018 (English)In: Transfers, ISSN 2045-4813, E-ISSN 2045-4821, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 44-63Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article addresses the anthropomorphization and interpellative experience of cars and trucks, in order to meet future mobility challenges. Autonomous vehicles off er an emancipatory opportunity within a wider movement of degendering and regendering motor vehicles. We argue that autonomous vehicles can challenge the foundations of a gendered economy founded on masculinity, speed, pleasure, and embodiment. Rather than thinking in terms of a process of demasculinization, this article anticipates a regendering and resegregation through which certain forms of masculine gendered economies of pleasure will lose ground and others will gain. A core question in this article asks who will be in the driver's seat of future systems of automobility as the control of the vehicle is gradually being transferred from the driver to digital control systems and intelligent roads.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Berghahn Books, 2018
Keywords
Anthropomorphization, Autonomous vehicles, Degendering, Interpellation, Masculinity, Resegregation, Trucks
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-66942 (URN)10.3167/TRANS.2018.080105 (DOI)000428200000005 ()2-s2.0-85044170109 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-04-06 Created: 2018-04-06 Last updated: 2018-04-17Bibliographically approved
Mellström, U. (2018). The challenge of reaching out for masculinity studies. Norma, 13(1), 1-2
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The challenge of reaching out for masculinity studies
2018 (English)In: Norma, ISSN 1890-2138, E-ISSN 1890-2146, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 1-2Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

In this first open issue ofNORMAin 2018, we present three articles that indicate the huge diversity of the research field of masculinity studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2018
Keywords
Masculinity, reach out, Nordic Men’s Gathering movement, populism
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-66869 (URN)10.1080/18902138.2018.1444370 (DOI)2-s2.0-85042522253 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-03-27 Created: 2018-03-27 Last updated: 2019-07-12Bibliographically approved
Olin-Scheller, C., Stolare, M., Mellström, U. & Gericke, N. (2017). A digitalized classroom in India: Potentials for transformation of curriculum and power hierarchies. In: : . Paper presented at International Conference in Gender, Activism, and Politics in India and Sweden, 2-4th of April, Varanasi, India..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A digitalized classroom in India: Potentials for transformation of curriculum and power hierarchies
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75364 (URN)
Conference
International Conference in Gender, Activism, and Politics in India and Sweden, 2-4th of April, Varanasi, India.
Available from: 2019-10-14 Created: 2019-10-14 Last updated: 2019-11-28Bibliographically approved
Mellström, U. (2017). Global Horizons and Regional Mobility: Russian Student Mobility to Northern Norway and Northern Sweden. In: Marit Sundet, Per-Anders Forstorp, Anders Örtenblad (Ed.), Higher Education in the High North: Academic Exchanges between Norway and Russia (pp. 221-240). Cham: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Global Horizons and Regional Mobility: Russian Student Mobility to Northern Norway and Northern Sweden
2017 (English)In: Higher Education in the High North: Academic Exchanges between Norway and Russia / [ed] Marit Sundet, Per-Anders Forstorp, Anders Örtenblad, Cham: Springer, 2017, p. 221-240Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This book focuses on how the Northern futures are transformed through regional cooperation in the Barents eduscape: a study of the social, cultural and political aspects of higher education and the exchanges of learning and people in the Euro-Arctic Barents region, especially between Norway and Russia.Cultural exchange through higher education involving actors such as students and institutions is an integral part both of the Bologna process and of the policies currently changing higher education. It is also a process of social and cultural change of which we have limited knowledge. Cultural exchange is learned, implemented and performed by the actors who are involved, from the highest political level to the grassroots and the students themselves. Available knowledge of these macro- and micro-processes of cultural exchange is largely fragmented and distinctly framed in national and/or disciplinary (i.e. pedagogical) contexts. In order to understand the transformative potentials of higher education and cultural exchange, this book focuses on the social, cultural and political aspects of the transformations of the futures in the North. This book shows that educational cooperation between Norway and Russia is possible, but also that the existing practices are extremely vulnerable to changes seen through micro theoretical perspectives. By developing new theories which bind major theories, international political decisions, methodological procedures and contextual descriptions together, this book is a first step in the direction of institutionalizing educational cooperation between the various and different academic societies, cultures and political systems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Springer, 2017
Series
Higher Education Dynamics, ISSN 1571-0378, E-ISSN 978-3-319-56832-4 ; 48
Keywords
Russian students, Student mobility, The power of English, Gender politics, Eduscapes, Barents region, Northern Norway, Northern Sweden, Regional mobility, Translocal space, Sexism, Gender conservatism
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies; Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-66868 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-56832-4_11 (DOI)978-3-319-56831-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-03-27 Created: 2018-03-27 Last updated: 2018-05-17Bibliographically approved
Mellström, U. (2016). "A new issue and a new Centre for Masculinity Studies!.". Norma, 11(2), 69-70
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"A new issue and a new Centre for Masculinity Studies!."
2016 (English)In: Norma, ISSN 1890-2138, E-ISSN 1890-2146, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 69-70Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

In this open issue of NORMA, we present three articles: Linda Lapiņa and Jonatan Leer’s article ‘Carnivorous heterotopias: Gender, nostalgia and hipsterness in the Copenhagen meat scene’; Hakim Ben Salah and Boris Wernli’s article ‘Uncovering perspectives on masculinity in Swiss men’s organizations using a mixed methods approach’; Szilvia Vas, Mark Forshaw, and Sarah Grogan’s article ‘Men’s experiences of middle age: An interpretative phenomenological analysis’.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2016
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-46213 (URN)10.1080/18902138.2016.1186449 (DOI)
Available from: 2016-09-19 Created: 2016-09-19 Last updated: 2019-11-21Bibliographically approved
Ericson, M. & Mellström, U. (2016). Firefighters, technology, masculinity in the micro-management of disasters in operational service: Examples from Sweden. In: Elaine Enarson and Bob Pease (Ed.), Men, masculinities and disaster: (pp. 165-174). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Firefighters, technology, masculinity in the micro-management of disasters in operational service: Examples from Sweden
2016 (English)In: Men, masculinities and disaster / [ed] Elaine Enarson and Bob Pease, London: Routledge, 2016, p. 165-174Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article addresses how the strong link between technology and masculinity is forming the occupational ethos of fire fighters and how the micro-management of disasters in operational service is directly connected to this gendered work practice. The celebrated masculine ethos of the fire-fighting profession is formed through an intricate process of embodied practical skills, technical dexterity and a capacity to act. As such it carries a particular symbolic weight of classic masculine heroism and is also one reason why fireman has been so celebrated historically. The heroic men preventing disasters, accidents and rescuing people are also connected to a wider cultural imaginary of communal unity, protection and safety, where their form of masculinity is epitomizing a cultural ideal and possibly a last bastion of a particular good-hearted masculine heroism. However, this also an explanatory key for why women are directly and indirectly excluded from the fire services in most countries. These exclusionary and inclusionary practices are thus based on the heavily loaded gendered symbolism as well as the close and embodied relation between technology and masculinity.

 

In this article based on long term empirical work in the Swedish rescue services, we investigate how the concrete practices of the micro-management of crisis and disaster work are guided by such normative structures, excluding most women and many men of the ‘wrong kind’. We also show certain forms of technology are preferred because of their connection to the idealised form of a man of action. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2016
Series
Routledge Studies in Hazards, Disaster Risk and Climate Change
Keywords
Masculinity, fire-fighters, technology, micro management, disasters
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-46208 (URN)9781138934177 (ISBN)9781315678122 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, 2009-12034
Available from: 2016-09-16 Created: 2016-09-16 Last updated: 2019-07-12Bibliographically approved
Mellström, U. (2016). From a Hegemonic Politics of Masculinity to an Ontological Politics of Intimacy and Vulnerability? Ways of Imagining through Karen Barad's Work. Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge (30)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From a Hegemonic Politics of Masculinity to an Ontological Politics of Intimacy and Vulnerability? Ways of Imagining through Karen Barad's Work
2016 (English)In: Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, ISSN 1555-9998, no 30Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article I investigate emancipatory spaces in masculinity studies with the guidance of Karen Barad's work, and in particular concepts such as diffraction and interference. For my purposes, Karen Barad's work opens up for understanding critical differences within regulated emotional spaces and stale relationalities of masculine gender configurations. Diffracted readings in masculinity studies could extend the symbolic space for acceptable forms of intimacy and possibly create emancipatory openings for hegemonic and dominant forms of lust communions. I argue that a sensual and conceptual key to alternative routes of masculine gendered subjectivities is intimacy and vulnerability. As such, vulnerability also connotes and produces a range of conceptual and embodied dyads and triads; empowered-disempowered; embodied-disembodied-ablebodied; homosocial-homoerotic-homosexual; potent-impotent; human-nonhuman; old-young, to mention a few. Vulnerability is also an onto-epistemological vantage point that hopefully and possibly could work our way around classical binaries and do a well-needed job as a form of emancipatory compass.

Keywords
Masculinity, politics, intimacy, vulnerability, Karen Barad, Diffraction, Interference
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-46207 (URN)10.20415/rhiz/030.e07 (DOI)
Available from: 2016-09-16 Created: 2016-09-16 Last updated: 2019-11-21Bibliographically approved
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