Privileging the bromance: a critical appraisal of romantic and bromantic relationships
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AbstractIn this research, utilising data from 30 semi-structured interviews, we examine how heterosexual undergraduate men compare their experiences of bromances to that of their romantic relationships (romances). We find that the increasingly intimate, emotive and trusting nature of bromances offers young men a new social space for emotional disclosure, outside of traditional heterosexual relationships. Participants state that the lack of boundaries and judgement in a bromance is expressed as emotionally rivalling the benefits of a heterosexual romance. Our participants mostly determined that a bromance offered them elevated emotional stability, enhanced emotional disclosure, social fulfilment, and better conflict resolution, compared to the emotional lives they shared with girlfriends. Thus, this research provides an empirically grounded conceptual framework for understanding men’s view of close homosocial relationships in comparison to their romantic relationship in the 21st century.
CitationRobinson S, White AJ, Anderson E (2019) 'Privileging the bromance: a critical appraisal of romantic and bromantic relationships', Men and Masculinities, 22 (5), pp.850-871.
JournalMen and Masculinities
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