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Caring masculinities and men’s friendships: a comparative study

I investigate the intersections of care, masculinity and men’s friendships comparatively across two locations: Melbourne, Australia and Berlin, Germany. ‘Caring masculinities’ have been posited as an important step towards gender equality. Furthermore, friendship is beginning to be acknowledged as a relationship of sociological importance. I therefore explore these two sites of potentiality – caring masculinities and men’s friendships – and compare how context (in this case Germany and Australia) shapes expressions of masculinity, friendship and care. I do so by drawing on the sociology of intimate lives, critical studies on men and masculinities (CSMM) and feminist theory (especially in relation to care) in order to achieve the following aims:
– Explore care and masculinity beyond the realm of the family by centring young men’s friendships in the analysis.
– Compare expressions of care and masculinity in young men’s lives and friendships in Germany and Australia, and consider the implications of these two cultural contexts for the topics investigated.
– Expand the sociological body of research into friendship in light of feminist theory and CSMM.

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Technological Family Intimacy: the newest member of a family of intimacies?

This project seeks to explore whether ‘technological intimacy’ can be considered the newest member of a family of intimacies. The study draws on stories elicited during interviews with families in Australia and the UK, as well as theoretical contributions from sociology of families and intimacy, and Science and Technology Studies.

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