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Henning Bech

Henning Bech

Professor emeritus

My research focuses on questions of urban life, visual media, gender, sexuality, culture, life style, ethics, immigration.

Ideas of hierarchy and dichotomy, of oppression and exclusion have become quasi-automatic and almost compulsory in many studies of these fields, for instance in feminism, migration studies and queer studies. In my own work, I have made a critique of these tendencies. I have also presented a number of alternative or supplementary theoretical and methodological approaches, often taking my inspiration in works from continental European phenomenology, existential analysis and aesthetics. For instance, concepts of gender game, of sexual forms of existence, of reasonable worry may be more adequate than those of gender “struggle”, discursively produced “identities” and majority populations’ “racism”.

Primary fields of research

Urban life, visual media, gender, sexuality, culture, life style, ethics, immigration

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Er danskerne racister: Indvandrerforskningens problemer

    Bech, H. & Necef, M. Ü., 2013, København: Frydenlund. 363 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearch

  2. Published

    Livsverdensmetode: Erfaringer og råd fra fænomenologisk forskning

    Bech, H., 2013, Fænomenologi: Teorier og metoder. Schiermer, B. (ed.). København: Hans Reitzels Forlag, p. 95-123 29 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Kvinder og mænd

    Bech, H., 2005, Kbh.: Hans Reitzels Forlag. 386 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearch

  4. Published

    Citysex: representing lust in public

    Bech, H., 1998, In : Theory, Culture and Society. Explorations in Critical Social Science. 15, 3/4, p. 215-241 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    When Men Meet: Homosexuality and Modernity

    Bech, H., 1997, Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 314 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearch

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