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Men's Health: Body, Identity and Social Context

Alex Broom (Editor), Philip Tovey (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-51656-0
232 pages
February 2009
Men
This book explores the social, political and theoretical underpinnings of the men's health field. Written by experts in the field, it provides a comprehensive understanding of the relationships between cultural understandings and health-related issues. It looks at important issues such as prostate cancer, chest pain and heart disease and how men experience such problems. It examines sexuality, mental illness and ethnicity as well as the role that sport can play in men's health outcomes.
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List of Illustrations

Introduction: Men’s health in context

Introduction

Outline of the book

References

Chapter 1: Theorising Masculinity and Men's Health

Introduction

Health and the Social Construction of Gender

Theorising Masculinity in the Context of Health

Conclusion

Acknowledgement

References

Chapter 2: Positioning prostate cancer as the problematic third testicle

Introduction

A word about style

Moving into Prostate Cancer

Moving through Prostate Cancer

Moving out from Prostate Cancer

Recommendations and conclusion

Author note

Acknowledgements

References

Chapter 3: Men, masculinity and help-seeking behaviour

Introduction

Are men more reluctant to seek help than women, or is it just a myth?

Gender Role Socialisation and Help-seeking Behaviour

Help-seeking vis-…-vis the social construction of hegemonic masculinity

Masculinities, Identity, and Help-seeking Behaviour

Concluding Remarks

References

Chapter 4: Gender and psychosocial adaptation after a coronary event: a relational analysis

Introduction

Method

Living in denial

Coping with diagnosis, treatment and recovery

Reconstructing gender identity during extended recovery

Conclusion

References

Chapter 5: Spectacular risk, public health and the technological mediation of the sexual practices

of gay men

Introduction

Spectacular risk and public health

Measuring and explaining risky behaviour

Technologically mediated sexual cultures

Public health after ‘barebacking’

Conclusion

Acknowledgement

References

Chapter 6: Young men, masculinity and alcohol

Introduction

Young men’s alcohol consumption

Influences on young men’s drinking

The importance of masculinity 201

Recent qualitative research into masculinity and alcohol consumption

Quantitative analysis of links between masculinity and alcohol - beliefs and behaviour

Conclusion

Acknowledgments

References

Chapter 7: Men’s Mental Health

Introduction

Rates of mental disorders

The social constructionist perspective

Over and under-achievement as a male mental health syndrome

Men, warfare and mental health

Conclusion

References

Chapter 8: Sport, health and steroids: Paradox, contradiction or ethical self-formation

Introduction

Sport and Health as Paradox

From Paradox to Moral and Ethical Performance

Bodybuilding as Ethical Practice and Performance

Physical Growth and Personal Transformation in Bodybuilding

Dedication and the use of time

Health as Distinction

Conclusion

References

Chapter 8: Racialised masculinities and the health of immigrant and refugee men

Introduction

The New Men’s Health

The health disparities literature in relation to race and ethnicity

Marginalised masculinities and men’s health

Immigrant and refugee men in Australia

The social context of immigrant and refugee men’s health

Gender issues facing immigrant and refugee men

Conclusion

References

Chapter 9: Future research agenda in men’s health

Introduction

Some guiding assumptions in research

Dualistic thought

The dominance of biomedical conceptions of health

Developing new perspectives on men’s health and illness

References

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"For those specifically engaged in sociological work around gender (and/or masculinities) and health the book provides an excellent collection of recent, high quality, empirical and theoretically informed pieces." (Sociology of Health & Illness, 2011)

"This is, however, a provocative, important resource on men's health for all academic audiences, especially those interested in gender studies and health care." (CHOICE, March 2010)

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