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Everyday places, heterosexist spaces, and risk in contemporary Sweden
Forum for Gender Studies, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5337-3287
Risk and Crisis Research Centre, Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5355-4280
Risk and Crisis Research Centre, Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5000-311X
2016 (English)In: Culture, Health and Sexuality, ISSN 1369-1058, E-ISSN 1464-5351, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 45-57Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Subjective feelings of risk are a central feature of everyday life, and evidence shows that people who do not conform to contemporary normative notions are often more exposed to everyday risks than others. Despite this, normative notions are rarely acknowledged as risk objects. By drawing on the theory of ‘doing’ and ‘undoing’ risk, which combines intersectional and risk theory, this study contributes new perspectives on the everyday risks in contemporary society that face people who many would label as being ‘at risk’ – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The study consists of five focus group interviews with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of different ages in Sweden. Findings pinpoint risks and how these are done and un-done in different spheres of interviewees’ lives: the emotional risks prevailing in their private lives; the risk of discrimination at work and in relations with other institutions; and the risk of violence and harassment in public places. These risks are all related to the heteronormative order in which the mere fact of being lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender is perceived as a risk. © 2016 Taylor & Francis.

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2016. Vol. 18, no 1, p. 45-57
Keywords [en]
everyday life risk, heterosexism, doing risk, sexuality, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, Sweden
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-39092DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2015.1063814ISI: 000365596900004PubMedID: 26242996Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84948715395OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-39092DiVA, id: diva2:1320288
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Swedish Research Council, 344-2011-5104Available from: 2019-06-04 Created: 2019-06-04 Last updated: 2019-09-11Bibliographically approved

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