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Samkönad tvåsamhet: vardagsliv och heteronormativa praktiker
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2009 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Same sex couples : Everyday life and heteronormative practice (English)
Abstract [en]

This study explores how same sex couples in Sweden, a country with strong gender equality policies and discourses understand their lives and relationships. Central to the study is the analysis of the tensions between a public discourse favoring openness for lesbians, gays, and bisexuals and a lack of acknowledgment of non-heterosexual family practices; as well as the tensions between gender equality policies and discourses and the specific construction of same sex couples. The study is grounded in a feminist and queer perspective and inspired by narrative analysis. Furthermore, it uses an intersectional perspective in which different axes of power are seen as mutually constituted. Interviews were conducted with same sex couples, both individually and together, in which the following topics were addressed: intimacy, division of household labor, domestic decision-making, conflict resolution, and the social context in which the couples live. One part of the study analyzes the economic foundations upon which the couples live and how income and possessions are organized within their relationship. This study shows that income and status are key questions for studying equality within same sex couples. The analysis is concerned with the tensions generated by the partners' class position as well as the negotiations which occur between the couple. It becomes apparent that the equality as an ideal is difficult to attain in practice. Even same sex partners are forced to relate to household labor as gendered practices. The interviewees describe their couple relationship and everyday life within heteronormative discourses. Through their stories, the interviewed couples give a view of the way in which everyday experiences of heteronormative confrontations affect the construction of their relationship. This study also indicates that same sex couples are neither more equal nor less conflict laden than heterosexual couples, even if they position themselves in relation to heterosexual couples as anti-role models. When the interviewees position themselves in relation to heterosexual couples they simultaneously embody the ideal of the gender equality discourse and the norms of being an ideal couple.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2009. , 215 p.
Akademiska avhandlingar vid Sociologiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, ISSN 1104-2508 ; 57
Keyword [en]
same sex relationships, heteronormativity, gender studies, lesbian and gay studies, non-heterosexual relations, family, intimacy, gender equality discourse, household labour, class, everyday discrimination
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-22605ISBN: 978-91-7264-801-2OAI: diva2:217402
Sociologiska institutionen, 90187, Umeå
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2009-06-05, A 201, Biologihuset, Umeå Universitet, Umeå, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-05-15 Created: 2009-05-13 Last updated: 2016-04-18Bibliographically approved

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