Lucas Gottzén. Photo: Niklas Björling.

Lucas Gottzén

Universitetslektor, docent

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Works at Department of Child and Youth Studies
Telephone 08-120 762 24
Visiting address Frescati Hagväg 24
Room 222
Postal address Barn- och ungdomsvetenskapliga institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Senior lecturer, associate professor and deputy section director

Section for Child and Youth Studies

Programme co-ordinator Master's Programme in Child and Youth Sciences.

Programme co-ordinator Master's Programme in the Best Interest of the Child and Human Rights.


youth, children, gender, violence against women, family life, education, affect


Teaching mainly in Master's Programme in Child and Youth Sciences and courses on Ph.D. level.


I am Associate Professor at the Department of Child and Youth Studies. Drawing mainly on poststructuralist theories and employing ethnographic field methodologies, I have explored gendered and generational aspects of parenting and family life; affect, embodied action and identity making of children, youth, and violent men. My Ph.D. dissertation (2009), Involved Parenthood: Everyday Lives of Swedish Middle-Class Families, explored parents' gendered negotiations about involvement in their children's everyday lives. As a postdoctoral researcher at University of California–Los Angeles (2009-2010) I studied US fathers' involvement in their children's schooling and organized sports. 2010-2015 I was a research fellow and senior lecturer at Linköping University where I conducted research on masculinity and intimate partner violence.

I am currently conducting two major projects: one evaluation of a gender-based violence prevention program targeting youth (together with Maria Eriksson and Daniel Lindberg, Mälardalen University; Kjerstin Andersson, Örebro University; and Anna Gradin Franzén, Stockholms University, among others); and one on young men’s subjective experiences of their violence, and the responses from friends and parents. 

Research projects

Evaluation of Mentors in Violence Prevention

Parents' and friends' responses to young men's intimate partner violence


Previous projects:

Femicide across Europe

Grandparents' responses to intimate partner violence: Children's experiences and perspectives

Men’s violence against women in intimate relations: A study of the perpetrators' social networks.

International network on responses to interpersonal violence: Research across countries and disciplines.

Hegemonic masculinities and men in Sweden and South Africa: Theorizing power and change.

Involved fatherhood and men's parental practices in Sweden and the U.S



Editor-in-chief, NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies 

Editorial board member, Gender & Society 

Editoral board member, Frontiers in Sociology



The Swedish, gender-equal man is a myth, ScienceNordic 2012-09-10. About the project: "Men’s violence against women in intimate relations: A study of the perpetrators' social networks."

The battle of the sexes, parenting edition, The Washington Post, 2012-07-30. Artice about the study "Involved fatherhood and men's parental practices in Sweden and the U.S"


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2017. Lucas Gottzén. ACME

    From its origins in the LGBTQ community, coming out has become a narrative genre describing the experiences of recognizing and disclosing a variety of other stigmatized positions, including that of male perpetrators of intimate partner violence. Drawing on interviews with forty-four partner-violent men in Sweden, this paper explores how closets and outcomes are both discursively and spatially produced. It analyses the affective spaces of men’s coming-out stories, particularly how and where they disclose their violence, and how friends and others respond to their abuse. Violent men’s coming-out stories have similarities with those of other stigmatized groups. Since they experience their violence as shameful, they find it difficult to share their experiences with others and are careful not to be seen when seeking therapeutic help. At times, rumours about their violence circulate in their workplaces and cities, which affects the men’s feelings and movement in urban space. Their narratives have some unique aspects. While disclosing their violence, the men distance themselves from being categorized as violent men and their coming-out stories are not narratives of embracing a fixed identity. In addition, their narratives obscure their abuse and oppression of their victims. 

  • 2017. Lucas Gottzén. Social Work in a Glocalised World, 106-118
  • 2016. Lucas Gottzén, Wibke Straube. Norma 11 (4), 217-224

    The aim of this special issue is to enable a dialogue between masculinity studies and transgender studies and attempt to find common areas of inquiry and mutual knowledge production in such conventionally divided arenas. The contributions to the issue explore a multiplicity of masculinities, which are seen as situational positions that can be deployed and activated by a variety of bodies, and in this way attempt to de-essentialize masculinity as grounded in a cis-male body. In this introduction, we discuss how masculinity studies have approached transgender issues, its general lack of interest in trans masculinities, as well as how transgender studies have related to masculinity theorizing. 

  • 2016. Lucas Gottzén. Response-based approaches to the study of interpersonal violence, 156-175

    Shame has been identified as a pivotal emotion in order to understand men’s violence, that repressing shame generates men’s aggression and violent behaviour, or that the community may make the man desist through communicating how shameful his violent crime is. In contrast, and inspired by affect theory, I argue that shame is a resource for perpetrators managing the boundaries produced between ‘normal’ and deviant men. Drawing on interviews with 44 Swedish men that have physically abused their female partners, the chapter explores how partner-violent men experience and communicate their feelings of shame. I analyse how the men display shame in order to manage anticipated and actual responses to their violence from friends, family, colleagues, and others. 

  • 2015. Rachel Jewkes (et al.). Culture, Health and Sexuality 17 (S 2), S 112-S 127

    The concept of hegemonic masculinity has been used in gender studies since the early-1980s to explain men’s power over women. Stressing the legitimating power of consent (rather than crude physical or political power to ensure submission), it has been used to explain men’s health behaviours and the use of violence. Gender activists and others seeking to change men’s relations with women have mobilised the concept of hegemonic masculinity in interventions, but the links between gender theory and activism have often not been explored. The translation of ‘hegemonic masculinity’ into interventions is little examined. We show how, in South Africa and Sweden, the concept has been used to inform theoretically-based gender interventions and to ensure that men are brought into broader social efforts to build gender equity. We discuss the practical translational challenges of using gender theory broadly, and hegemonic masculinity in particular, in a Swedish case study, of the intervention Machofabriken [The Macho Factory], and illustrate how the concept is brought to life in this activist work with men. The concept has considerable practical application in developing a sustainable praxis of theoretically grounded interventions that are more likely to have enduring effect, but evaluating broader societal change in hegemonic masculinity remains an enduring challenge.

  • 2010. Pål Aarsand, Lucas Forsberg. Qualitative Research 10 (2), 249-268

    This article discusses the use of video cameras in participant observation drawing on approximately 300 hours of video data from an ethnographic study of Swedish family life. Departing from Karen Barad’s post-humanistic perspective on scientific practices, the aim is to critically analyse how researchers, research participants and technology produce and negotiate children’s corporeal privacy. Ethnographic videotaping is understood as a material- discursive practice that creates and sustains boundaries between private and public, where videotaping is ideologically connected to a public sphere that may at times ‘intrude’ on children’s corporeal privacy. The limits of corporeal privacy are never fixed, but open for negotiation; ethnographers may therefore unintentionally transgress the boundary and thus be faced with ethical dilemmas. The fluidity of privacy calls for ethical reflexivity before, during and after fieldwork, and researchers must be sensitive to when ethical issues are at hand and how to deal with them.

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Last updated: August 26, 2017

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