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Breivik and I: affective encounters with ‘failed’ masculinity in stories about right-wing terrorism
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2018 (English)In: Norma, ISSN 1890-2138, E-ISSN 1890-2146, Vol. 13, no 3-4, p. 265-278Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

For feminist theory, the search for the material has often found its way via affect. As an immanent and seemingly pre-discursive and bodily experience, affects seem to offer a way out of the language and discourse trap. But should affect really be understood as solely a material matter? If every phenomenon is material-discursive, as Karen Barad suggests, cannot affect, as an immanent and lived bodily experience also be both material and discursive? In this article, I will approach these questions through a reading of a small selection of texts that tell the story of Anders Behring Breivik and the terrorist attack in Norway on 22 July 2011. In a troubling encounter with these stories, I found myself identifying with Breivik, an identification that led to an intense affective experience of anxiety and disgust, but also to an emotional self-reflexive elaboration on shame and guilt. This article presents an analysis of the prevalence of norms on white, adult masculinity in the stories about Breivik, as well as a theoretical elaboration on the relationship between affect and emotion, matter and language, and its relevance for the study of masculinity and violence.

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Abingdon-on-Thames: Taylor & Francis, 2018. Vol. 13, no 3-4, p. 265-278
Keywords [en]
Affects, Breivik, Emotions, Masculinity, Terrorism
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Gender Studies
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Social Sciences, Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-83320DOI: 10.1080/18902138.2017.1312951Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85017144988OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-83320DiVA, id: diva2:1317835
Available from: 2019-05-24 Created: 2019-05-24 Last updated: 2019-05-24Bibliographically approved

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