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Lucas Gottzén

About me


Section for Child and Youth Studies


youth, children, gender, sexuality, violence, family life, education, affect


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


Lucas Gottzén is professor of Child and Youth Studies. After his Ph.D. in Child Studies at Linköping University (2009), he has acted as postdoctoral researcher at the University of California–Los Angeles (2009-2010), senior lecturer at Uppsala University (2013-2014) and research fellow and senior lecturer at Linköping University (2010-2015), where he was appointed as "docent" (associate professor) in 2013. In 2015, he joined Stockholm University as a senior lecturer and was promoted to full professor in 2017.

Gottzén takes feminist and critical perspectives on youth, gender and sexuality, particularly focusing on affect and violence. He has also studied food and cooking, fatherhood, family life, intergenerational relations, and school-based violence prevention. 

Gottzén is the author of Av det känsligare slaget (Makadam 2019), which explores the role of affect and gender in young and adult men's intimate partner violence; and Genus (with Mia Eriksson, Liber 2020), an introduction to feminist approaches to, and critiques of the concept of gender. He is co-editor of Andra män: Maskulinitet, normskapande och jämställdhet (with Rickard Jonsson, Gleerups 2012); Sociologins teoretiker (with Ulrik Lögdlund, Gleerups 2014, new rev. ed. 2021); Routledge International Handbook of Masculinity Studies (with Ulf Mellström & Tamara Shefer, Routledge 2020); and Men, Masculinities and Intimate Partner Violence (with Margunn Bjørnholt & Floretta Boonzaier, Routledge 2021). He has been the Editor-in-Chief of NORMA: International Journal of Masculinity Studies, has served on the editorial board of Gender & Society, and is currently on the board of Boyhood Studies.


Research projects

Masculinity and violent extremism (The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention 2021-2022)

Parents' and friends' responses to young men's intimate partner violence (Forte 2016-2020)

Evaluation of Mentors in Violence Prevention in Swedish Schools (SKR 2018-2020)


Previous projects:

Evaluation of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)

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



Big boys' bedrooms, WIFTI Talks, June 16 2019

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


Selected publications

Franzén, A. G. & Gottzén, L. (2021) Childhood adversities and individual responsibility as explanations for criminality in incarcerated young men’s narratives. Deviant Behavior

Gottzén, L., Bjørnholt, M. & Boonzaier, F. (eds.) (2021) Men, Masculinities and Intimate Partner Violence. London: Routledge.

Berggren, K., Gottzén, L. & Bornäs, H. (2020) Queering desistance: Chrononormativity, afterwardsness and young men’s sexual violence. Criminology & Criminal Justice 20(5): 604-616. 

Gottzén, L., Mellström, U. & Shefer, T. (eds.) (2020) Routledge International Handbook of Masculinity Studies. London: Routledge.

Sylwander, K. R. & Gottzén, L. (2020) Whore! Affect, sexualized aggression and resistance in young social media users' interaction. Sexualities 23(5/6): 971-986.

Gottzén, L. (2019) Chafing masculinity: Heterosexual violence and young men's shameFeminism & Psychology 29(2): 145-156.

Gottzén, L. (2019) Violent men’s paths to batterer intervention programs: Masculinity, turning points and narrative selves. Nordic Journal of Criminology 20(1): 20-34. 

Gottzén, L. & Sandberg, L. (2019) Creating safe atmospheres? Children’s experiences of grandparents’ affective and spatial responses to domestic violence. Children’s Geographies 17(5): 514-526.

Reeser, T. & Gottzén, L. (2018) Masculinity and affect: New possibilities, new agendas. NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies 13(3/4): 145-157. 

Gottzén, L. (2017) Geographies of anger and fear: Exploring the affective atmospheres of men’s ”domestic” violence. In Livholts, M. & Bryant, L. (eds.) Social work in a glocalised world (pp. 106-118). London: Routledge.

Gottzén, L. (2017) Monsters in the closet: The affective spaces of (not) coming out as a violent man. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 16(3): 528-547. 

Åkerlund, N. & Gottzén, L. (2017) Children’s voices in research on children exposed to intimate partner violence: a critical review. Nordic Social Work Research 7(1): 42-53.

Neuman, N., Gottzén, L. & Fjellström, C. (2017) Masculinity and the sociability of men’s cooking. The Sociological Review 65(4): 816-831.

Gottzén, L. (2016) Displaying shame: Men’s violence towards women in a culture of gender equality. In Hydén, M., Gadd, D. & Wade, A. (eds.) Response-based approaches to the study of interpersonal violence (pp. 156-175). London: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Gottzén, L. & Straube, W. (2016) Trans masculinities. NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies 11(4): 217-224 

Jewkes, R., Morrell, R., Hearn, J., Lundqvist, E., Sikweyiya, Y., Blackbeard, D., Lindegger, G., Quayle, M. & Gottzén, L. (2015) Hegemonic masculinity: Combining theory and practice in gender interventions. Culture, Health & Sexuality 17(s2): 112-127.

Gottzén, L. (2013) Encountering violent men: Strange and familiar. In Pini, B. & Pease, B. (eds.) Men, masculinities and methodologies (pp. 197-208). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gottzén, L. & Kremer-Sadlik, T. (2012) Fatherhood and youth sports: A balancing act between care and expectations. Gender & Society 26(4): 639-664.

Gottzén, L. (2011) Involved fatherhood? Exploring the educational work of middle-class men. Gender & Education 23(5): 619-634