The appropriation of hegemonic masculinity within selected research on men's health

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Matthews, Christopher (2015) The appropriation of hegemonic masculinity within selected research on men's health International Journal for Masculinity Studies, 11 (1). pp. 3-18. ISSN 1890-2138

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Abstract

Connell’s hegemonic masculinity thesis (HMT) has occupied a relatively dominant position within contemporary research exploring the lives of men. Messerschmidt has conducted a review of recent literature that purports to use HMT, he describes in detail some of the ways Connell’s work has been appropriated. Taking Messerschmidt’s lead, this paper explores a small selection of men’s health research that employ HMT as a central organising theme. Such a narrow focus and limited sample enables the theoretical, conceptual and empirical contributions of engagements with Connell’s work to be critically explored in detail. This paper provides colleagues with clear examples of ways in which reified and reductive account of masculinity, are still being reproduced in contemporary analyses of men’s lives. In calling for researchers to critically reflect upon their usage of Connell’s thesis in more detail, my aim is to increase the subtlety and sophistication of such works. A further hope is that by highlighting specific examples of the need to appraise the relevance and adequacy of HMT as a conceptual frame of lived experiences, we might encourage researchers to access the multitude of different theoretical positions that speak to the lives of men.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies on 26/08/2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/18902138.2015.1063761
Uncontrolled Keywords: Connell; health; men; hegemonic masculinity; theory
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L320 Gender studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L322 Men's studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L390 Sociology not elsewhere classified
L000 Social Sciences > L400 Social Policy > L430 Public Policy > L431 Health Policy
B000 Health Professions > B900 Others in Health Professions > B910 Environmental Health
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/18902138.2015.1063761
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2015 03:01
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2017 01:38
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/14318

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