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Managing health and masculinities : negotiating identities over the life course


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Coles, Tony Gordon 2006 , 'Managing health and masculinities : negotiating identities over the life course', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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To date, very little research has been conducted into how men negotiate
masculinities over the life course, and how health and ageing affect men's
masculinities. This thesis considers the importance of gender to men's health
issues and develops a theoretical model to analyse how men develop strategies to
negotiate masculinities, health and ageing over the life course, and the importance
of the body to men's identities.
This thesis also considers men's health issues and men's masculinities across a
broad range of ages. In Australian society, the smooth, lean, toned, youthful male
body has come to represent the culturally dominant ideal that personifies
hegemonic masculinity (e.g., strong, hard, powerful, virile, competent). As men's
bodies' age and shift further from the ideal, little is known about how they come
to negotiate masculinity. Furthermore, how this transition affects their health and
wellbeing is currently under-explored.
Health, in turn, may also be negotiated to protect a masculine identity. Little is
understood as to how and why men negotiate masculinities over the life course or
what this ultimately means to men's health more broadly. This thesis investigates
these issues by engaging in empirical research involving in-depth interviews with
men from around Tasmania, Australia, and analysing the results to understand
what health and masculinity mean to men of different ages, and the ways in which
each impinges on the other over the course of men's lives.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Coles, Tony Gordon
Keywords: Gender identity, Men, Masculinity
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Available for library use only and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (PhD)--University of Tasmania, 2006. Includes bibliographical references

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