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  glbtq >> glossary >> homosocial
Homosocial is a term used primarily to describe the nonsexual bonding of men with men and women with women.
Homosociality manifests itself in many forms and institutions, from friendships, social circles, and single-sex clubs, through athletics and the military, to prisons, convents, and monasteries.
Although homosocial relationships are not sexual, there often is an element of homoeroticism in them, even when it is expressed in heterosexual activities, such as when two men vie for the same woman.
www.glbtq.com /glossary.php?word=homosocial&part=   (77 words)

  Homosocial - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The term homosocial is used in sociology and denotes same-sex relationships that are not of sexual nature.
Homosociality is a term frequently used in discussions of the all-male world of knightly life in medieval culture.
Homosocial relationships are not obliged to be sexual relationships, they are merely same-sex social interactions.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Homosocial   (172 words)

 Érudit | RON n36-37 2004-2005 : Markley : “The Success of Gentleness”: Homosocial Desire and the Homosexual ...
In his three earliest novels, all published in 1784, he devoted himself to analyzing homosocial bonding: that is, the aggression and rivalry between two men, usually involving a particular woman, and the potential harm that can result from the intensity of the desire between them.
Homosocial rivalry has done its worst, and a complex history of destructive male competition becomes a thematic backdrop for the rest of the novel.
While the rivalry of Falkland and Tyrrel typifies the homosocial triangle, it is in the psyches of Caleb and St Leon that Godwin is doing something new; that is, focusing on misplaced affection rather than on antipathy in order to highlight inappropriate and potentially destructive social bonds.
www.erudit.org /revue/ron/2004/v/n36-37/011139ar.html   (6489 words)

 Origins of the Classical Greek Gods
Homosocial relationships should be understood, in the broadest sense, as the bonds established by men, frequently erotic, in which males support each other's advancement and well being through supportive associations and exchanges.
Homoerotic and homosocial themes throughout Classical literature emphasize masculine bonds and power dynamics within society, where young men frequently benefited socially, politically and financially through association with older established males.
However, as homosocial bonds took root and grew in Classical culture, themes of matriarchal power became challenged by patriarchal views, which questioned the integrity and usefulness of matriarchal power structures.
marlenesniche.tripod.com /metaphysics/id6.html   (1768 words)

 "Tailors of malt, hot, all round": homosocial consumption in "Dubliners." - Special "Dubliners" Number Studies in Short ...
The site of this homosocial consumption is the public-house, a place opposed to the female domain of the home.(5) Alcohol is the material substance consumed, accompanied by the circulation of images of male prowess, and of women as supplements to male fantasy.
Homosocial consumption thus conflicts with models of the "consumer revolution" that place modern consumption within the feminine sphere, where women take the lead in shopping for strategic goods, fantasizing about them, and displaying them to others as the accouterments of a desirable "life-style."(6)
Homosocial consumption is more akin to Mauss's gift economy than to modern bourgeois consumption patterns.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2455/is_n3_v32/ai_19517932   (850 words)

 Games CEOs Play And Interest Convergence Theory: Why Diversity Lags In America's Boardrooms And What To Do About It -- ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
Homosocial reproduction describes the phenomenon of those with power selecting those with a high degree of cultural similarity to themselves.
Thus, homosocial reproduction may be a significant factor in disparate treatment of women and minorities throughout the corporate hierarchy, particularly when senior management signals that it is an expected practice.
Even beyond the impact of homosocial reproduction throughout specific corporations, and the consequent loss of jobs to communities of color, is the influence of corporations generally throughout our society.
washburnlaw.edu /faculty/ramirez-s-fulltext/2004-61washlee1583.php   (13533 words)

 Alum’s photo show on display
Her photographs of women in public spaces do not deal with the idea of homosocial behavior since females are more freely able to be physical with one another.
Though the theme of male homoeroticism in public spaces such as the locker room has been examined numerous times, Fuchs is able to overcome the cliché and present a new and thoughtful body of work by drawing on numerous historical references.
In the future, however, she tells me that she is interested in finding a way to explore female homosocial behavior without making it pornographic.
www.oberlin.edu /stupub/ocreview/2005/3/4/arts/article1.html   (763 words)

 Sarra   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
Though often overlooked, a thematics of homosocial bonding among heroines and minor female characters pervades the court fiction and female- authored memoir literature of the mid to late Heian period.
This paper will seek to complicate the picture of feminine homosociality in Heian court tales by highlighting the often vertical class/rank components of their female alliances, coupling that analysis with a look at the (sinking) trajectory taken by the figure of the "lover of love" or irogonomi male in late Heian fiction.
Using the framework of theorizations of the homosocial as a point of departure, a case will be made for the figuration of gender in late Heian fiction as a forum for the court aristocracy's thinking through of cultural ideals whose political and aesthetic currency was beginning to face serious social and intellectual challenges
www.japaneseteaching.org /ATJseminar/2005/sarra.html   (198 words)

 Homosociality - Hugo Schwyzer
Homosociality (as explained so well in Michael Kimmel's Manhood in America) is the principle that all men, including heterosexual ones, are raised in our culture to be more eager to please other men than women.
The answer, seen through the lens of homosociality, is obvious -- men whistle and yell to connect with other men.
Though the influence of mothers and wives, girlfriends and sisters can be tremendous, most will have their worldviews heavily shaped by their fathers, brothers, and male peers.
www.xyonline.net /Homosociality.shtml   (900 words)

 mimetic desire
The concept of homosocial desire alludes linguistically to homosexual practices, but Sedgwick warns that it should not be thought of as synonymous with them; homosexual behavior is but one position along the continuum of social practices that a theory of homosocial desire seeks to situate.
Male homosocial desire, then, is a measure of male bonding practices and a method of emphasizing the structure of men's relations in a patriarchal system.
Sedgwick identifies the strategies of homosocial desire as "erotic triangles," relationships in which there is rivalry between two active members (often, but not exclusively, two males) for the attentions and/or affections of a "beloved" third.
people.whitman.edu /~dipasqtm/mimetic.htm   (903 words)

 Exquisite Corpse - A Journal of Letters and Life
"Homosocial" was the word that kept coming up, but nobody could offer a satisfactory definition.
It seemed that, regardless of any definition, the term was turning into a pejorative term used by academics with testicle-envy to describe the dreaded, dead, white, male writer.
I should admit, however, in fairness to Barry Hannah, that I was so upset with the state of criticism at the time that I may have unconsciously steered the conversation in an anti-critical direction.
www.corpse.org /issue_8/critiques/rose.htm   (1159 words)

 Sedgwick, "Toward the Gothic"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
In Bray's account, the oppression of male homosexuality before the late seventeenth century occurred primarily in anathematic theological terms that, absolute and apocalyptic as they were, were difficult for people to apply to the acts they ordinarily performed and perceived.
The present study is concerned, not distinctively with homosexual experience, but with the shape of the entire male homosocial spectrum, and its effects on women.
Historiographers of male homosexuality are, as we have seen, already exploring the nature, development, and effects of the active persecutions directed against institutions and members of the emergent subculture; our own emphasis will be on the mechanisms, the ideological tentacles into their own lives, by which nonhomosexual-identified men were subject to control through homophobic flmailability.
www.english.upenn.edu /Projects/knarf/Articles/sedgwick.html   (4517 words)

 Male Homosocial Desire in Thomas Hardy
Male homosocial desire, the exchange of women, and forced definitions of gender are all clearly at work in Far from the Madding Crowd, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and Jude the Obscure.
Troy is a soldier, an extremely homosocial profession, and he hopes to move in yet another circle of men by marrying Bathsheba.
Neither woman has any genuine friendships with other women, so they are denied any homosocial bonds of their own (bonds which could be very dangerous to the status quo if they were to meet up with women like themselves), and so they remain in relative isolation.
www.csubak.edu /~acaetano/paperdev.htm   (519 words)

 WSO 1 - Himberg
These would seem to be objective criteria for ‘love’ in most senses of the word short of overt sexual desire or the brute fact of physical sex (then a punishable offence), neither of which are necessarily present in, and so cannot be essential to, all heterosexual love.
It might be more comfortable to speak of the former as the token of love, of the latter as an actual instance of it; we do not have to separate desire from the concept of love if we are willing to talk of a love relationship being possible without overt sexual practices.
Rather, it lives on the doubling of itself, on the friction between the two breasts in which it is homologously and homosocially raised — on a dialogical discourse.
www.shakespeare-gesellschaft.de /seminar/ausgabe2003/himberg.html   (1443 words)

 Érudit | RON n36-37 2004-2005 : Kimberly : Effeminacy, Masculinity, and Homosocial Bonds: The (Un)Intentional Queering ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
This balance was intricately entwined in his performance of gender, and would prove to be entwined in the homosociality of the Circle’s memory as well.
It is also noteworthy that, despite the aura of homosocial desire in Brown’s description of Keats, his emphasis on his friend’s “manliness” is exaggerated, at times to a degree of easily disputed inaccuracy.
The homosociality therein, which had created such difficulties for the biographical efforts of the Circle, reflected the homosociality of the Apostles themselves and the variety of its manifestations within their friendships.
www.erudit.org /revue/ron/2004/v/n36-37/011142ar.html   (6285 words)

 Passion, Power, and Homosociality in Götz von Berlichingen
Notably, it is their passion for Adelheid which enables her to manipulate situations: she is able to seduce Weislingen into a politically advantageous marriage, and to court Franz with tears to poison Weislingen when the marriage no longer suits her purposes.
Despite the hostile tone and evident hatred on the part of both Weislingen and Sickingen, it must be noted that their homosocial relationship is not driven by apparent jealousy, but by professional competition.
The homosocial bonds of the men in the play vary based on the level of passion present for the woman at the center of their attention – passionate declarations for Adelheid paradoxically result in lessened competition for Weislingen and Franz, while the highly competitive suitors Weislingen and Sickingen display no real passion for Maria.
alpha1.fmarion.edu /~scmlr/V3/yee.htm   (3518 words)

 Alexis Garcia Paper2
What Rupert wants is to become the ultimate male, to control bodies and minds which he does not have on his own, to be united in a homosocial nature, away from women and the heterosexual demands of society.
In this light, the wrestling, the blood vow, and his endless wish to have a true relationship with a man, takes on this purely homosocial principle, one nonetheless filled with desire but not of a homosexual, genital nature.
Many aspects of the homosocial relationship between Rupert and Gerald remain to be explored, such as the resulting misogyny towards women and the fate of each couple’s erotic triangle.
www.vanderbilt.edu /AnS/english/mwollaeger/AGarciaPaper2.htm   (3297 words)

 English 2610   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
What does Sedgewick mean when she says that the “emerging pattern of male friendship, mentorship, entitlement, rivalry, and hetero- and homosexuality was in an intimate and shifting relation to class; and that no element of that pattern can be understood outside of its relation to women and the gender system as a whole” (2435).
Be specific and relate your answer to her statement that the term homosocial desire” “is applied to such activities as ‘male bonding,’ which may, as in our society, be characterized by intense homophobia, fear and hatred of homosexuality” (2435).
Explain Joe’s competition with Slemmons in terms of homosocial theory, and explain Gunn’s misinterpretation, according to Gunn Allen, of the Yellow Woman story in terms of homosocial theory.
www.suu.edu /faculty/calland/crttheoryqueerwksht.htm   (717 words)

 Male Homosocial Desire in Thomas Hardy
Eve Sedgwick defines homosocial as “social bonds between persons of the same sex,” and she defines desire as “the affective or social force, the glue.
She goes on to explain that homosocial bonds can take many forms, and that there is a “continuum between homosocial and homosexual” (1).
To complicate matters, in Victorian society, the men are encouraged to develop intimate homosocial bonds with each other, but at the same time they are not to allow these relationships to cross over into feelings of homosexual desire.
www.csubak.edu /~acaetano/mgen.htm   (541 words)

 Click opera - The homosocial
Let's consider "the homosocial"; the idea that men have a suppressed, de-sexualised homo-orientation which operates in the social realm, making their business, work and leisure relationships particularly intense, and their world of power particularly difficult for women to break into.
Of course, it could be that this avoidance of homosocial bonding is itself an intense form of male-on-male passion.
Just as I'd done with, say, John Peel or the NME (to name two of my failed homosocial bondings back in the UK music industry), I pretty much assumed I'd never be stocked by Other Music again, never be mentioned in their newsletter.
imomus.livejournal.com /235706.html   (1418 words)

 The Homosocial Struggle Versus the Heterosexual "Home": The Dialectic of Desire in the Films of Nicholas Ray   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
In his films, homosocial struggles are always supplanted by Ray's desired outcome of an idealized heterosexual coupling.
That is, the threat of prolonged homosocial desire between his characters is usually eradicated by the death of one of the dueling men.
Here, Sedgwick is referring to the congruence between the literal patriarchal dominance of the father in the male child's family and the hegemonic patriarchal structure that determines relationships between adult men and women.
www.film.queensu.ca /Critical/PhelanCox.html   (3031 words)

Sometimes their innocence allows them to spend childhood in a carefree homosocial Eden, but more often they are poor handicapped souls barred from the only thing worth doing in life, “haunted by an absence,” in the words of James Kincaid (1998:16).
He never lived in a homosocial Eden, nor was he ever “cured” of asexuality by a glimpse of forbidden breast.
However, as Sturken states (1997:151), “in the summer of 1985, we had to accept the fact that many of our fundamental, conventional images [of heterosexuality] were instilled by someone gay.” The absent had suddenly become present, the unstated stated, heterosexuality and homosexuality irrevocably blurred.
wise.fau.edu /~jdennis/_private/sample07.htm   (1159 words)

 On Double Indemnity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
The hetero- and homosocial terms are evident in Neff's relationship with Phyllis and Keyes and his attempts at asserting his potency with each.
Neff is also defined, in both hetero- and homosocial terms, through the various other erotic triangles established in the film in which he figures prominently.
Sedgwick implies masculinity is defined within homosocial relations and against heterosexual ones--that is, masculinity is defined by the bonds established between men via their traffic in women.
www.rlc.dcccd.edu /annex/comm/english/mah8420/EroticTriangles.htm   (1788 words)

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They highlight homosocial behavior and "sucking up" to individuals in the organization or industry who have more status, and suggest using deceit as a device to achieve success.
Geico promotes homosocial behavior by taking Fox to extravagant parties and making social ties for him, so that he would feel and act like a millionaire stockbroker.
Thus, conforming to homosocial pressures, like being loyal to the organization and superiors and being a team player instead of a prima donna, seem to be the best strategies.
www.unc.edu /~healdric/soci110/Mike.html   (715 words)

 Spike & Angel: A Shipper's Manifesto
To draw the 'homosocial' back into the orbit of 'desire,' of the potentially erotic, then, is to hypothesize the potential unbrokenness of a continuum between homosocial and homosexual-- a continuum whose visibility, for men, in our society, is radically disrupted" (Sedgwick 1-2).
Homosocial desire is characteristic of "male bonding" and other social situations where men gather.
This is supposed to be the romantic rivalry on which their souls and destinies hinge, but the entire episode focuses solely on Angel and Spike, their long standing history with one another, and the fact that they may fancy themselves slaves to her heart and whim, but ultimately, they are alone- together.
www.fangedfour.com /deadboy/centuryofslash.htm   (2500 words)

According to the author, homosocial and homosexual do not necessarily have to occupy two different, non-overlapping spheres.
Sedgwick contends that it would be more useful to view homosocial and homosexual not as distinct categories but as a continuum.
Applying this concept to gay bashing means entertaining the idea that homosociality that often includes homophobia is not intrinsically dichotomized against homosexuality (Sedgwick 1985).
serendip.brynmawr.edu /sci_cult/courses/knowbody/f04/web2/rmao.html   (1684 words)

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