Variationsrikedomen stor i hawaiiansk samlevnad

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This article deals with male and female sex and gender roles in a native Hawaiian context, focusing particularly on lesbians. The article's point of departure is that it is the individual who decides the norms and rules of his/her sexual and social behaviour, implying an inequadecy with models where the focus is on different "cultural" and "social" forms for modelling such behaviour. One important aspect, often neglected in studies dealing with such questions, connects to the way people actually feel and how this is practised on a life basis. Focusing on varieties in sex and gender role modelling, separating social roles and sexual identities, and allowing people to appear in the context that they live in, makes it possible to explore their ideas concerning sexual identities and social roles. In addition, this perspective also allows for an understanding of the connection people make between sexual and social behaviour more generally. Against this background, the article discusses questions concerning the present use of the concept of homosexuality among intellectuals and scientists. The material from Big Island, Hawaii implies that ideas about sexual identities and social roles are rooted in beliefs building on assumptions that people who live together/have sex with one another, take on different sexual identities and social roles, regardeless of biological sex.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • sociologi, social anthropology, sexual identities, Big Island, Hawaii, social roles, sociology
Original languageSwedish
Pages (from-to)56-65
JournalKvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift
Issue numberNo 4
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Publication categoryResearch