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From a Hegemonic Politics of Masculinity to an Ontological Politics of Intimacy and Vulnerability? Ways of Imagining through Karen Barad's Work
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013). (Centrum för genusforskning)
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.

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2016. no 30
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Masculinity, politics, intimacy, vulnerability, Karen Barad, Diffraction, Interference
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-46207DOI: DOI: 10.20415/rhiz/030.e07OAI: diva2:971577
Available from: 2016-09-16 Created: 2016-09-16 Last updated: 2016-09-16

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