"I'm an ordinary faggot" – Scripts of male homosexuality in urban and rural Sweden in the 1940s
Summary, in English
Urban homosexual subcultures had developed in Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö since the end of the 19th century. It was not until the spreading of the concept of homosexuality that some men desiring men in the countryside began identifying as homosexuals. The policing of sexuality changed profoundly during the first half of the 20th century and reflects the different ways men who desired other men negotiated their feelings in rural areas, small towns and big cities. Examples from Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö will be compared to expressions of male-male desire in places like Halmstad (pop. 26,000) Sandviken (13,000), and Långsele (700).
- Gender Studies
- urban history
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