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'That's not masculine': masculine capital and health-related behaviour

By R.O. de Visser, Jonathan A. Smith and E.J. McDonnell


In recent years increasing attention has been given to how different masculinities are expressed in young men’s health behaviour. To examine whether men can use competence in key health-related masculine domains to compensate for other non-masculine behaviour, group discussions were conducted with men aged 18—21 living in London, England. The analysis revealed the ways in which competence in traditionally masculine health-related domains produces masculine ‘capital’, which can be used to compensate for non-masculine behaviour in other domains. However, the capacity to trade this capital is limited because different masculine and non-masculine behaviours have different values

Topics: psyc
Publisher: Sage
Year: 2009
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