The Swaying Ship of Men's Politics: A Metaphor Analysis

  • Mara Kastein Universität Paderborn
Keywords: metaphor analysis, grounded theory methodology, sociology of knowledge, men's politics, gender equality


In this article, I examine the metaphors of equality-oriented men's politics as a form of discursive practices. In my dissertation research, I used metaphor analysis to supplement grounded theory methodology and discourse analysis to enhance the results. In doing so, the metaphor of equality-oriented men's politics is depicted as unstable, wavering, balancing, and discordant, for it is imagined as a swaying ship rocking on the sea without a fixed route. The sea is society or the overarching politics of equality. This is conceived as unpredictable and capricious, putting equality-oriented men's politics appear at its mercy.


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Author Biography

Mara Kastein, Universität Paderborn

Dr. Mara KASTEIN ist wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Fachbereich Technik & Diversity der Universität Paderborn. Sie studierte Kulturanthropologie, Religionswissenschaft und Geschlechterforschung in Göttingen und Metz (F) und promovierte in Soziologie an der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena.

How to Cite
Kastein, M. (2021). The Swaying Ship of Men’s Politics: A Metaphor Analysis. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 22(2).