Masculinities in Scandinavia Course Discusses Male Culture in the U.S. and Europe

Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University in New York and founder of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, Michael Kimmel, spoke to the Masculinities in Scandinavia course to discuss cross-cultural perspectives of masculinity.

Kimmel discussed several of his books, such as Guyland, which focuses on men and masculinities in adolescence and young adulthood, specifically surrounding the college campus environment, and Angry White Men, which explores the shifting perception of Caucasian males in the United States. Kimmel shared experience of holding seminars on masculinity with groups of men, as well as visiting schools around the U.S. to conduct research for his books. A group of students presented on their experiences with fraternities and sororities on campus and hazing culture, which opened up to a discussion of male culture between Kimmel and the class.

DIS faculty member Anna Sofie Bach, who teaches the Masculinities in Scandinavia course at DIS Copenhagen, has worked with Kimmel in the past, from working at the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook, as well as crossing paths at conferences and research centers.

“[Kimmel] is probably one of the most prominent and well-known researchers on men and masculinities in the world … He talked about frat culture, which ties to the experiences that the students bring with them to Denmark and their experiences of college culture in the U.S. [Students] have a chance to reflect on their own college experiences and male culture in general. On a more theoretical level, it ties well to many of the discussions we already had in class, as well as to future classes on political masculinities and policies towards social change.”

The discussion allowed students to candidly discuss their perceptions of male culture at their home universities, and hear from Kimmel the theories that coincide with their thoughts.

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