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Men, Masculinities and Health: Critical Perspectives

Men, Masculinities and Health: Critical Perspectives (Hardback)

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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.

LGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: menMedical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesMedical sociologyMedical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesPublic health & preventive medicinePersonal & public healthPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Publication Date: 23/10/2009 ISBN-13: 9780230203112  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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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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