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

  • De Visser R
  • Smith J
  • McDonnell E
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Abstract

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.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Gender
  • Health behaviour
  • Males
  • Men's health
  • Qualitative methods
  • Social capital

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Authors

  • Richard O. De Visser

  • Jonathan A. Smith

  • Elizabeth J. McDonnell

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