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Carlström, Charlotta, lektorORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-1520-9838
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Carlström, C. (2023). BDSM, intercorporeality and the feeling body (2ed.). In: Peter Aggleton, Rob Cover, Carmen H. Logie, Christy E. Newman, Richard Parker (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Rights: (pp. 250-258). Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>BDSM, intercorporeality and the feeling body
2023 (English)In: Routledge Handbook of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Rights / [ed] Peter Aggleton, Rob Cover, Carmen H. Logie, Christy E. Newman, Richard Parker, Routledge, 2023, 2, p. 250-258Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter, informed by ethnographic fieldwork in BDSM communities in Sweden focuses on the bodily aspects of BDSM. Drawing on the philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty's concepts of the living body and intercorporeality, it analyses the embodied interactions, sensations and emotions that encompasses BDSM practice. BDSM can create spaces in which practitioners not only explore bodily boundaries, strong emotions and states of subspace and domspace, but it can also enable a wordless bodily empathy in which practitioners can experience feelings of belonging, intimacy and trust.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2023 Edition: 2
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-64752 (URN)10.4324/9781003278405-30 (DOI)2-s2.0-85180043874 (Scopus ID)9781032243986 (ISBN)9781003278405 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-12-27 Created: 2023-12-27 Last updated: 2023-12-27Bibliographically approved
Carlström, C. (2023). Emotions, power and BDSM: the stance of the ethnographer. In: Brandy Simula; Robin Bauer; Liam Wignall (Ed.), The power of BDSM: Play, Communities, and Consent in the 21st Century (pp. 284-298). Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Emotions, power and BDSM: the stance of the ethnographer
2023 (English)In: The power of BDSM: Play, Communities, and Consent in the 21st Century / [ed] Brandy Simula; Robin Bauer; Liam Wignall, Oxford University Press, 2023, p. 284-298Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The chapter examines ethnographic fieldwork within the realm of BDSM, with a focus on the ethnographer´s emotions, participation, and etic reflections. Based on years of researching Swedish BDSM communities, with diary and field notes, the author reflects upon different situations and events which, in various ways, have had personal effects and given rise to ethical reflections and dilemmas as well as strong emotions. The complex relationships between the field, its actors, and the ethnographer are important and salient for all of those who engage in such fieldwork. Ethnographic work requires a high level of personal commitment but also enables a voice to be given to stigmatized populations, prejudices to be revealed, and informants’ feelings, lives, situations, dilemmas, and ambitions to be nuanced, though it can sometimes be very exhausting emotionally for the ethnographer. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2023
Series
Sexuality, Identity, and Society Series
Keywords
BDSM, power, emotion, ethnographic fieldwork, Sweden
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-59353 (URN)10.1093/oso/9780197658598.003.0016 (DOI)2-s2.0-85173846604 (Scopus ID)9780197658598 (ISBN)9780197658611 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-04-24 Created: 2023-04-24 Last updated: 2023-12-12Bibliographically approved
Carlström, C. (2023). En villkorad gemenskap: Hbtq, sexualitet och kristen frikyrklighet. Stockholm/Göteborg: Makadam Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>En villkorad gemenskap: Hbtq, sexualitet och kristen frikyrklighet
2023 (Swedish)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [sv]

Homosexualitet, bisexualitet, trans och queer har under lång tid utgjort ett laddat ämne i kristna frikyrkor. Vissa samfund har i takt med samhälleliga förändringar blivit alltmer bejakande, medan andra ser förändringarna som oförenliga med grundläggande kristna värderingar.

 En villkorad gemenskap baseras på djupintervjuer med 29 kristna hbtq-personer och utgör den första svenska vetenskapliga studien i ämnet. Med en fenomenologisk ansats undersöker författaren hur sexualitet, intimitet och tro erfars av de intervjuade samt hur deras kristna identitet samverkar med deras identitet som hbtq-personer.  

En villkorad gemenskap riktar sig till lärare, forskare och studenter i exempelvis religionsvetenskap, sexologi, genusvetenskap och psykologi. Boken är också av intresse för den som i sitt yrke behöver kunskap i ämnet, till exempel själavårdare och terapeuter. Vidare kan den fungera som underlag för samtal och reflektion om tro, sexualitet och hbtq inom frikyrkliga sammanhang.

 Charlotta Carlström är doktor i socialt arbete och verksam som forskare och lärare på Centrum för sexologi och sexualitetsstudier vid Malmö universitet. Hennes forskning berör olika perspektiv på sexualitet, kön, makt, intimitet och religion.

 

Abstract [en]

Homosexuality, bisexuality, transgender and queer have long been a sensitive topic in Christian churches. As society has changed, some denominations have become increasingly affirming, while others see the changes as incompatible with Christian values.

 A Conditional Community is based on in-depth interviews with 29 lgbtq Christians and is the first Swedish scientific study on the subject. Using a phenomenological approach, the author investigate how sexuality, intimacy and faith are experienced by the interviewees and how their Christian identity interacts with their identity as lgbtq people. 

A Conditional Community is aimed at teachers, researchers and students in fields such as religious studies, sexology, gender studies and psychology. The book is also of interest to professionals who require knowledge on the subject, such as pastors and therapists. Furthermore, it can serve as a basis for discussions and reflection on faith, sexuality and lgbtq in the Free Church contexts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm/Göteborg: Makadam Förlag, 2023. p. 247
Series
Kriterium, ISSN 2002-2131
Keywords
hbtq, sexualitet, religion, kristendom, frikyrklighet
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Health and society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-59033 (URN)10.22188/kriterium.43 (DOI)978-91-7061-427-9 (ISBN)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2023-03-31 Created: 2023-03-31 Last updated: 2023-04-03Bibliographically approved
Carlström, C., Andersson, C. & Lindroth, M. (2023). LGBTQ plus Affirmative State Care for Young People in Sweden: New Knowledge and Old Traditions. British Journal of Social Work, 53(8), 3744-3760
Open this publication in new window or tab >>LGBTQ plus Affirmative State Care for Young People in Sweden: New Knowledge and Old Traditions
2023 (English)In: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263X, Vol. 53, no 8, p. 3744-3760Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Young LGBTQ+ people are over-represented in various forms of state care. They experience hardships during their placements and staff competence in addressing specific needs among LGBTQ+ youth is lacking. In this article, we investigate whether and how LGTBQ+ issues are considered and described in digital marketing for state care providers. The material consists of the homepages of residential care homes and secure state care institutions, which we analyse using critical discourse analysis. The results show that LGBTQ+ issues are largely invisible. Of the approximately 1,000 existing state care providers, only twenty stated that they worked with or had competence in LGBTQ+ issues. Among these, no secure state care institution offered LGBTQ+ competence at the time of the study. The descriptions of how care providers work with LGBTQ+ issues are characterised by heteronormativity where there is a mix of two types of language on the homepages regarding LGBTQ+ youth; on the one hand, a heteronormative, traditional description based on a binary understanding of gender; and, on the other, an LGBTQ+ inclusive language is used. However, the LGBTQ+ affirmative language has been imposed upon the traditional rather than being integrated into it, which comes across as superficial and unclear. International studies show that LGBTQ+ youth are over-represented in various forms of state care. Using critical discourse analysis, we investigated how LGBTQ+ youth, as a target group, are described and how LGBTQ+ competence is presented on the home pages of residential care homes and secure state care institutions for young people in Sweden. The results show that LGBTQ is largely invisible. Of the approximately 1,000 existing residential care homes, only 20 stated that they worked with or had competence in LGBTQ+ issues. No secure state care institution offered LGBTQ+ competence at the time of the study.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2023
Keywords
critical discourse analysis, LGBTQ, state care, Sweden, youth
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-61925 (URN)10.1093/bjsw/bcad152 (DOI)001008158700001 ()2-s2.0-85180107616 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-08-16 Created: 2023-08-16 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Augustsson, D., Carlström, C., Hall, E. & Liljefors Persson, B. (Eds.). (2023). Religion och samhällsförändring: Aktuella perspektiv i religionsvetenskaplig forskning. Stockholm: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Religion och samhällsförändring: Aktuella perspektiv i religionsvetenskaplig forskning
2023 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Denna antologi erbjuder forskningsbaserade och didaktiska perspektiv på religion och samhällsförändringar. Antologin är resultatet av ett samarbete mellan forskare från flera olika discipliner vid Malmö universitet och visar på den mångfald av forskningsperspektiv som ryms inom ämnesområdet religionsvetenskap i Sverige idag.

Antologin vänder sig till studenter och verksamma lärare samt en vidare intresserad läsekrets som önskar få tillgång till aktuell forskning och fördjupa sin ämnesteoretiska kunskap. Genom fyra teman belyses aktuella perspektiv på brännande frågor inom samtida religionsvetenskaplig forskning: Religion, kön och sexualitet, Religion, unga och skola, Religion, möten och förändringar samt Religion, politik och samtid.

I en samtid som präglas av ständigt pågående förändring är religion och livsåskådningsfrågor synnerligen aktuella. Mötet mellan historiska traditioner och nutida samhällsutveckling visar hur inte bara religiösa rörelser, utan också människors trosuppfattningar och identiteter, omtolkas och förändras över tid. Undervisningen i religionskunskap i grund- och gymnasieskolan utgår från att kunskap om religion och andra livsåskådningar är central för vår förståelse av en omvärld som i allt större utsträckning präglas av mångfald och förändring.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2023
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Health and society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-59034 (URN)9789147146963 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-03-31 Created: 2023-03-31 Last updated: 2024-01-12Bibliographically approved
Andersson, C. & Carlström, C. (2023). Swedish poly utopia: Dreams, revolutions, and crushed hopes. Sexualities, 26(7), 695-710, Article ID 13634607211056887.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Swedish poly utopia: Dreams, revolutions, and crushed hopes
2023 (English)In: Sexualities, ISSN 1363-4607, E-ISSN 1461-7382, Vol. 26, no 7, p. 695-710, article id 13634607211056887Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Polyamory means having a sexual and/or intimate relationship with more than one person at a time. In this study, we use in-depth interviews with 22 persons in Sweden who have experience of polyamorous or non-monogamous relationships to explore how polyamory can include imagining utopian relationships and spaces. Thematic analysis was done which indicated narratives of politically invested attempts to create communal living or societal change that resists capitalist and heteronormative nuclear-family arrangements as well as stories of everyday events that do not explicitly involve political ambitions. The range of utopian dreams and practices of the non-monogamous participants in our study, we argue, are examples of what Munoz calls concrete utopias, filled with joy and laden with disappointment in the face of potentiality and reality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2023
Keywords
Polyamory, non-monogamy, utopia, anarchy, commune, Sweden
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-54074 (URN)10.1177/13634607211056887 (DOI)000810989400001 ()2-s2.0-85131718615 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-08-02 Created: 2022-08-02 Last updated: 2023-10-18Bibliographically approved
Carlström, C. (2023). "Vi bad att det skulle hända en naturkatastrof så att pride inte skulle bli av": pridefestivaler och frikyrklig kristendom. In: Dennis Augustsson; Charlotta Carlström; Emma Hall; Bodil Liljefors Persson (Ed.), Religion och samhällsförändring: Aktuella perspektiv i religionsvetenskaplig forskning (pp. 72-88). Stockholm: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Vi bad att det skulle hända en naturkatastrof så att pride inte skulle bli av": pridefestivaler och frikyrklig kristendom
2023 (Swedish)In: Religion och samhällsförändring: Aktuella perspektiv i religionsvetenskaplig forskning / [ed] Dennis Augustsson; Charlotta Carlström; Emma Hall; Bodil Liljefors Persson, Stockholm: Liber, 2023, p. 72-88Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2023
National Category
Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-59035 (URN)9789147146963 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-03-31 Created: 2023-03-31 Last updated: 2023-03-31Bibliographically approved
Carlström, C. (2022). Tensions, Power, and Commitment:: LGBTQ and Swedish Free Churches. Lambda Nordica, 27(2)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tensions, Power, and Commitment:: LGBTQ and Swedish Free Churches
2022 (English)In: Lambda Nordica, ISSN 1100-2573, E-ISSN 2001-7286, Vol. 27, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Experiences of being LGBTQ1 within Swedish free-church environments have not been highlighted to any great extent. In the autumn of 2020, I participated, as an observing researcher, in a study group consisting of LGBTQ persons and LGBTQ allies focusing on LGBTQ in the Christian free-church environment. The discussions took their point of departure in the question how we ensure that congregations are a welcoming and safe place for LGBTQ people. This article is based on the conversations that took place during these meetings. In the articleI will examine how power relations and tensions were described and investigate how LGBTQ persons and their allies handle and challenge them. The results of the investigation show that free-church contexts are permeated with hegemonic heteronormativity, the structural power of which operates both visibly and covertly. The participants talk about unlivable compromises, emanating from membership always being conditional and subject to certain terms for LGBTQ persons. The participants narrated their experiences, ranging from subtle com- ments or silences to ostracism and exclusion. All participants testified to the existence of various forms of conversion efforts in contemporary free church environments and recounted examples of how they had been pressured in prayer and pastoral care and conversations in which they had been silenced or told that it is possible to change one’s sexual orientation or identity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Gothenburg, 2022
Keywords
LGBTQ, Christian free churches, Sweden, heteronormativity
National Category
Social Sciences Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Health and society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-56227 (URN)10.34041/ln.v27.787 (DOI)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2022-11-28 Created: 2022-11-28 Last updated: 2023-01-02Bibliographically approved
Andersson, C. & Carlström, C. (2021). Polyamorous Parenthood – Kinship, Gender and Morality. In: H Wahlström Henriksson; K Goedecke (Ed.), Close Relations: Family, Kinship and Beyond (pp. 139-153). New York: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Polyamorous Parenthood – Kinship, Gender and Morality
2021 (English)In: Close Relations: Family, Kinship and Beyond / [ed] H Wahlström Henriksson; K Goedecke, New York: Springer, 2021, p. 139-153Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Research on polyamorous parenthood has mainly focused on aspects of interactions with schools and authorities, where polyamorous parents have had to develop strategies of openness and concealment and dealing with stigmatization (Palotta-Chiarolla 2010; Riggs 2010; Sheff 2010). Aspects of sex and morality have primarily been explored in general in relation to non-monogamous practice and not specifically in relation to parenthood (Ritchie 2010; Samuels 2010). Based on interviews with 22 persons in Sweden who in different ways have experience of non-monogamous practice, we explore polyamorous parenthood, focusing on kinship practices, gender and sexual morality. The results of these analyses show that there are recurring themes of promiscuity as a risk that polyamorous parents have to handle. This can take the form of negative interactions with family members and society, practical issues with having sex with several partners or identity issues where good parenthood risks being at odds with non-monogamous practices. The boundaries of good parenthood and promiscuity and the negotiations between them are rarely highlighted in research, but have implications for the moral order of kinship for non-monogamous practice today. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Springer, 2021
Series
Crossroads of Knowledge, ISSN 2197-9634, E-ISSN 2197-9642
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-47279 (URN)10.1007/978-981-16-0792-9_9 (DOI)978-981-16-0792-9 (ISBN)978-981-16-0791-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2021-12-07 Created: 2021-12-07 Last updated: 2023-07-04Bibliographically approved
Carlström, C. (2021). Spiritual experiences and altered states of consciousness: Parallels between BDSM and Christianity. Sexualities, 24(5-6), 749-766
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Spiritual experiences and altered states of consciousness: Parallels between BDSM and Christianity
2021 (English)In: Sexualities, ISSN 1363-4607, E-ISSN 1461-7382, Vol. 24, no 5-6, p. 749-766Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is based on a five-year qualitative ethnographic study of bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/sadism and masochism (BDSM) in Sweden. In-depth interviews were completed with 29 self-defined BDSM practitioners. In the article, I investigate spirituality in two different contexts, namely within BDSM practice and in the charismatic Christianity. With a focus on power dynamics, pain rituals, and altered states of consciousness, I discuss the questions: What meaning is given to the concept of spirituality in a BDSM context, and how does this spirituality resemble spirituality in Christianity? Which common denominators between BDSM practice and Christian belief can be found, and how should we interpret the parallels that the informants emphasize between practicing BDSM and having a Christian affiliation? The article aims to broaden our understanding for spirituality in different contexts, and thus contribute to both the research field of BDSM as well as to religion studies. And as such, I hope this study can bring some clarity to the different spiritual experiences individuals may encounter, whether it happens in a BDSM context or in a religious context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2021
Keywords
Bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/sadism and masochism, spirituality, Christianity, ritual, altered state of consciousness
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-18628 (URN)10.1177/1363460720964035 (DOI)000578561600001 ()2-s2.0-85092596784 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2020-10-13 Created: 2020-10-13 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Projects
Homosexuality is just a trend - Contemporary Discourses on Sexuality, Sexual Abuse and HBTQ in the Swedish Christian Free Churches [2018-01200_Forte]; Södertörn University
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