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Men, Masculinities and Health

Critical Perspectives

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Men drink too much alcohol, eat unhealthy food and avoid going to the doctors until they are seriously ill. Indeed, some say being masculine is bad for men's health. But is the situation so simple?

This deeply engaging book...

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Men drink too much alcohol, eat unhealthy food and avoid going to the doctors until they are seriously ill. Indeed, some say being masculine is bad for men's health. But is the situation so simple? This deeply engaging book explores both the psychological and sociological factors that affect men and their health. It investigates how notions of 'maleness' impact on the individual's approach to health and take-up of services, and provides clear foundations for best practice in care. Part 1 of the book explores and sets the theoretical scene. It asks why disparate fields have not previously been brought together and what theoretical frameworks could be utilised to assist in this process. Parts 2 and 3 consider empirical work in relation to men, health and illness, providing critical rather than simply descriptive accounts.   Bringing together an international collection of contributors, Men, Masculinities and Health provides fresh ideas for practice; creating a fertile terrain for future debate that will excite all those interested in gender issues.

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Draws together two previously disparate disciplines to provide an original insight into the psychological and sociological factors that affect men's health
Chapters consider empirical work and use these to develop theoretical frameworks, thereby providing critical rather than descriptive accounts
Contributions are from an international team, ensuring a balance of scholarship and applicability beyond the UK

 

Foreword; K.Hunt
Acknowledgments
Notes on Contributors
Introduction What is the Point of This Book?; B.Gough& S.Robertson
PART I: CURRENT ISSUES AND DEBATES IN THE FIELD OF MEN'S HEALTH
Developing a Critical Men's Health Debate in Academic Scholarship; M.Lohan
A Grand Illusion: Masculinity, 'Passing' and Men's Health; D.Buchbinder
Men, Public Health and Health Promotion: Towards a Critically Structural and Embodied Understanding; S.Robertson & R.Williams
Bugging the Cone of Silence With Men's Health Interviews; J.L.Oliffe
PART II: POPULAR CONCEPTIONS OF MEN'S HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Men's Negotiations of a 'Legitimate' Self-help Group Identity; S.Seymour-Smith
Older Men's Health: The Role of Marital Status and Masculinities; K.Davidson& R.Meadows
Promoting 'Masculinity' Over Health: A Critical Analysis of Men's Health Promotion With Particular Reference to an Obesity Reduction 'Manual'; B.Gough
The Health Experiences of African-Caribbean and White Working Class Fathers; R.Williams
PART III: MEN, MASCULINITIES AND ILLNESS
Pathologizing Fatherhood: The Case of Male Post Natal Depression in Britain; E.Lee
Prostate Cancer and Masculinities in Australia; A.Broom
Understanding Masculinities within the Context of Men, Body Image and Eating Disorders; M.Drummond
The Role of Masculinities in White and South Asian Men's Help-seeking Behaviour for Cardiac Chest Pain; P.Galdas
Afterword: What Next for Men's Health Research?; S.Robertson& B.Gough
Index.

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BRENDAN GOUGH is Professor of Applied Social Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, UK. He is a critical social psychologist and qualitative researcher interested in gender issues, especially concerning men and masculinities. He has published
various papers on gender identities and relations which draw upon discursive and psychoanalytic concepts, including areas such as sexism, homophobia and intersex. He has also published papers on ESRC funded health-related research, such as alcohol consumption, smoking and aspects of men's health. He is co-editor of Qualitative Research& Psychology and Social Psychology& Personality Compass (the Critical Psychology Section).

STEVE ROBERTSON is currently...

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BRENDAN GOUGH is Professor of Applied Social Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, UK. He is a critical social psychologist and qualitative researcher interested in gender issues, especially concerning men and masculinities. He has published
various papers on gender identities and relations which draw upon discursive and psychoanalytic concepts, including areas such as sexism, homophobia and intersex. He has also published papers on ESRC funded health-related research, such as alcohol consumption, smoking and aspects of men's health. He is co-editor of Qualitative Research& Psychology and Social Psychology& Personality Compass (the Critical Psychology Section).

STEVE ROBERTSON is currently Reader in Men's Health at the Centre for Men's Health, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. He worked as a nurse and health visitor for over 15 years before commencing a research career, completing his PhD at the Institute for Health Research, Lancaster University. He has been publishing in the men's health field, particularly in men's health promotion, for over 14 years and is author of Understanding Men and Health: Masculinities, Identity and Well-Being (2007). He is best known for his work linking theories of masculinities to concepts of health and illness and has collaborated on published work in this area with colleagues in Australia, Canada and the United States.

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