TITLE

'The 'buck' stops with me' - reconciling men's lay conceptualisations of responsibility for health with men's health policy

AUTHOR(S)
Richardson, Noel
PUB. DATE
December 2010
SOURCE
Health Sociology Review;Dec2010, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p419
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Contemporary health policy increasingly positions responsibility for the management of health with the individual which reflects newer neo-liberal discourses of health. Such an approach can be seen as problematic in the context of men's health, with men tending to be seen as largely 'irresponsible' towards their own health. This paper addresses this question by drawing on qualitative data on how men conceptualise responsibility for health. Whilst the desire to be responsible for health was borne by most of the men in the study, this was not always reflected in practice. There was also evidence of strategies that men adopted for either divesting themselves of responsibility for health or for legitimising lack of responsibility. In some instances, acting 'irresponsibly' was what defined participants as 'real men'. The implications of these findings for men's health policy are discussed with specific reference to the recent publication of Ireland's National Men's Health Policy.
ACCESSION #
58698818

 

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