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Män pratar miljö: Diskursiva maskuliniteter i mäns samtal om klimatförändringar och miljövänliga resor
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2011 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, no 4, 109-137 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The fact that actions such as driving, shopping and travellingcontribute to climate change is something that individuals mayregard in various ways. Research indicates that the concern andwillingness of individuals to change their everyday life in order toreduce their impact on the climate might be gendered. Men inSweden appear to be less worried and in addition travel in a lessenvironmentally-friendly way than women. This article investigateslinkages between masculinities, femininities and individuals’ viewson climate change by analyzing focus group conversations withmen. The ways that these men made use of, reproduced or challenged discoursesof masculinities, when positioning themselves in relation toclimate change and sustainable travel, were scrutinized. Threediverse discursive practices were found, each one enabling variousways of positioning regarding the individual’s responsibility fortravelling sustainably. A discourse about men’s affection for carswas used as well as challenged by the men talking about sustainabletravelling. Some men used the discourse in order to justifyunsustainable travelling. Other men used it to position themselvesas different kinds of men. Furthermore, ecofeminist discoursesabout women as having a “closer” relation to the environment ornature as feminine were not recreated during the conversations. Thearticle contributes to a deeper understanding of men’s reasoning onclimate change and sustainable travel. It thus challenges narrowassumptions of men as environmental rouges and masculinity asproblematic in relation to environmental issues.

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Linköping: Föreningen Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift , 2011. no 4, 109-137 p.
Keyword [sv]
maskuliniteter, feminiteter, miljöfrågor, klimat, resor, positionering, diskursiv praktik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-76310OAI: diva2:513679
Available from: 2012-04-03 Created: 2012-04-03 Last updated: 2012-04-13

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