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Materialiserade sexualiteter: om hur normer framträder, förhandlas och ges hållbarhet
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
2012 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Materialised sexualities : on the emergence, negotiation and durability of norms     (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this dissertation is to analyse how conceptions of sexuality are interlinked with and formed through connections with different types of matter, and also to study what significance matter (that is, bodies, space and things) has in shaping and actuating norms, particularly heteronorms.

The study is based on transcribed semi-structured interviews and go-along interviews with persons who deviate from the societal norm of man and the societal norm heterosexual. In addition, the material consists of signposts, spaces, architecture, legal documents and texts found on websites.

The dissertation is mainly dedicated to the study of processes wherein bodies, things and space are linked together or separated. Bodies materialise as non-heterosexual (or heterosexual) in processes that entangle movements, spaces, things and language. Apart from analysing bodies as morphous, I also emphasise that the boundaries between bodies and things must be understood as transient. Things can integrate into bodies and limbs can turn into things. I also cast light on the fact that heteronorms are imprinted into matter such as the built environment. Boundaries are materialised, but LGBTQ- defined safe spaces are concurrently being formed. Such spaces tend to be transient in character. This stands in contrast to such things that tie into societal norms, which tend to survive the passing of time whether they be buildings, monuments or urban planning. Thus, norms are both created by and imprinted into matter. The memories, experiences and assumed needs of certain bodies and their ways of living together are given solidity. Spatially organised differences are, on the other hand, primarily accepted when packaged into events, temporary and clearly marked, which inadvertently highlight Sweden’s (imaginary) openness and diversity. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Makadam förlag , 2012. , 319 p.
Keyword [en]
queer theory & queer phenomenology, posthumanist theory, materialisations, networks & rhizomes, intra-activity, heteronormativity, sexuality, space/place.
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Gender Studies Ethnology
Research subject
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-80170ISBN: 978-91-7061-119-3OAI: diva2:555862
Public defence
2012-11-09, De Geer-salen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 14, Stockholm, 09:15 (Swedish)
Michelle Göransson
Available from: 2012-10-18 Created: 2012-09-12 Last updated: 2012-09-25Bibliographically approved

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