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The civil sphere in our bodies
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences. (Centrum för kultursociologi)
2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Research on how social boundaries can change in relation to the civil sphere has focused primarily on written texts, and little work has been done on ethnographical fieldwork, gender or the body. This article addresses possible mechanisms of social repair from a sociological perspective with an emphasis on gender and culture. Out of a system of higher education that trains the next generation of Swedish actors where heterocentrism and inequality were common, educational institutions have emerged where social criticism and identification with and respect for others are more or less standard. The article analyzes how and why changes towards gender-sensitive education developed. The findings show that social criticism concerning the limits and possibilities of gendered scripts was actively connected, through embodied gender awareness, to the ideals of the civil sphere. A sphere consisting of values creating horizontal solidarity and democratic integration. Using ethnography and by acknowledging the performative body as a vessel of meaning, the processes and mechanisms behind these processes of social repair can begin to be unraveled.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
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Sociology
Research subject
Social Sciences, Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-37012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-37012DiVA: diva2:746653
Conference
106th American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, August 20-23, 2011
Available from: 2014-09-14 Created: 2014-09-14 Last updated: 2014-12-12Bibliographically approved

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