The Structure of the Book

In the following three chapters I will elaborate some of the theoretical and empirical assumptions for my analysis. Chapter 2 will discuss the concept of feelings in connection with theories of subjectivity, identity and affect. It will look specifically at theories about gender and subjectivity, and in what ways it makes sense to talk about social patternings of feelings. Chapter 3 will dive into the methodological aspects of the study, the design, procedures and presentation of the data. It will discuss how one can ‘read’ feelings from qualitative interviews and will look at the many methodological challenges that arise when studying and comparing generations. Chapter 4 will set some of the societal context for the three generations of the study, particularly the Norwegian context and in what ways it is similar to and different from other European countries. The structural, economic and political conditions for family and work, and the changing cultural contexts for the youth of each of the three generations will be chief areas of focus. The subsequent three chapters— Chaps. 5, 6 and 7—are dedicated to an inductive analysis of the dominant patterns within each generation organised along the six thematic issues mentioned above: work, relationships, bodies, reflections, practices and attitudes. In the three last chapters the patterns found in the different generations are seen and analysed from different methodological and psychosocial angles. Chapter 8 is a methodological interlude where the results from the analyses are discussed along the dimensions of time and place. It includes reflections on how the effects of age, generation and historical period are intertwined with the production of social change. Furthermore, it includes a comparison with selected generational studies from the UK in order to see what may be specifically Scandinavian in the patterns detected and what might have wider applicability. Chapter 9 summarises the changes and continuities of gendered subjectivities across the three generations and examines them in terms of different historical theories of psychological gender. Chapter 10 summarises the changing social patterns of feeling gender and how they have fed into new life projects and ideas about gender and gender equality.

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