Lucas Gottzén. Photo: Niklas Björling.

Lucas Gottzén


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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

Professor and deputy section director

Section for Child and Youth Studies

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


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


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


I am 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 the 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. Recently, I have studied men, food and food work; and children's perspectives on grandparents' responses to intimate partner violence.

I am currently conducting a study of young men’s subjective experiences of their intimate partner violence, and the responses from friends and parents. 


Research projects

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


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



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"


Selected publications

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. & Sandberg, L. (2017)  Creating safe atmospheres? Children’s experiences of grandparents’ affective and spatial responses to domestic violence. Children’s Geographies, doi: 10.1080/14733285.2017.1406896

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

Last updated: January 24, 2019

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