Erotic Capital and Academic Work

A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

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Special Issue Editors

Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Universitetet i Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
Interests: academic writing; sociology; qualitative analysis; culture; ethnography; interviewing; gender studies; participant observation; qualitative inquiry; cross-cultural studies; qualitative research; qualitative methods; ethnomethodology
School of Psychology, Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile
Interests: qualitative research; research practices; culture; social identity; grounded theory methodology; ethnography; discourse analysis; narrative inquiry; visual methods; phenomenology, qualitative computing; social and narrative psychology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Societies is now seeking manuscripts for the Special Issue “Erotic Capital and Academic Work”.

In the past few years, new reflections about beauty and bodies have been changing our visions and thoughts around human relations in various institutions. The most salient are military and academic spaces. Sexual harassment, lust, and abuse are among more relevant interactions linked with erotic capital. We welcome papers that in different ways deal with bodily, emotional, and gender(ed) aspects in empirical social research on dissertation mentoring, fieldwork, labor opportunities, and work relations. We also welcome papers from across cultures and global regions.

Believe it or not, sexual harassment, lust, and abuse are happening very often on university campuses, as well as in the various social spaces in which women scientists carry out their field work. In this Special Issue, we welcome:

  • Theoretical papers reflecting on gendered issues related to academic work in social and natural sciences;
  • Biographical, autobiographical, and autoethnographically oriented papers telling the story of specific cases of sexual harassment, lust, and/or abuse in social interactions on university campuses;
  • Papers reporting empirical quantitative, qualitative, or mixed research on dimensions or aspects of any social processes related to sexual harassment, lust, and abuse in academic work
  • Comparative studies highlighting how erotic capital is performed in different scenarios and/or arenas related to academic work;
  • Theoretical or methodological papers analyzing the conceptual or empirical connections between erotic capital and sexual harassment, lust, and abuse in academic work

In this call for papers, we are looking for theoretical, methodological, and empirical research on the role of erotic capital in the development of sciences and humanities.

Prof. Anne Ryen
Prof. César A. Cisneros-Puebla
Guest Editors

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The Trailer as Erotic Capital. Gendered Performances—Research and Participant Roles during Festival Fieldwork
Societies 2019, 9(4), 83; - 29 Nov 2019
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This article examines different roles and field relations of the researcher in studies of young people at Christian festivals. The main questions are how the researcher gains access to the “flirtation field,” which flirting roles the youth participants engage in, and how the [...] Read more.
This article examines different roles and field relations of the researcher in studies of young people at Christian festivals. The main questions are how the researcher gains access to the “flirtation field,” which flirting roles the youth participants engage in, and how the researcher copes with flirtation in the field. The article’s theoretical approach draws on feminist methodology on how positions, roles, and relations are negotiated in fieldwork, and discusses the notion of erotic capital. Christian festivals in Norway attract among 100,000 people every year. One of the main activities that was brought to my attention by a car trailer was the importance of flirting between the young boys and girls at these festivals. At the Christian festivals, flirting takes place within a heterosexual framework. In order to be part of this game, the girls are supposed to be feminine and available. The boy’s role is to be active and take initiative. Both sexes work hard to become participants in this game of winning attention that represents two different worlds for boys and girls, and in which there are both male and female losers. The rules of the game seem doubly strict for the girls since they are expected to administer both their own and the boys’ lust. Full article
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