Circles in the surf: Australian masculinity, mortality and grief

Rosenberg, John P. (2009) Circles in the surf: Australian masculinity, mortality and grief. Critical Public Health, 19 3-4: 417-426. doi:10.1080/09581590902906203


Author Rosenberg, John P.
Title Circles in the surf: Australian masculinity, mortality and grief
Formatted title Circles in the surf: Australian masculinity, mortality and grief
Journal name Critical Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0958-1596
Publication date 2009-09
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09581590902906203
Volume 19
Issue 3-4
Start page 417
End page 426
Total pages 10
Editor David Evans
Paul Crawshaw
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
C Society
920504 Men's Health
920210 Nursing
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
111712 Health Promotion
Abstract This article examines the constructs of masculinity that are predominant in contemporary Australian society and their influence upon men’s perception of their health and well-being. It questions the currency of ‘male stoicism’ at a time when changed perceptions of masculinity are emerging. In particular, it considers how these constructs are evidenced in men’s embracing of human mortality and their public expressions of grief. The nature of men’s health promotion is discussed and a platform for promoting healthy approaches to masculinity, mortality and grief is presented.
Formatted abstract This article examines the constructs of masculinity that are predominant
in contemporary Australian society and their influence upon men’s perception of their health and well-being. It questions the currency of ‘male stoicism’ at a time when changed perceptions of masculinity are emerging. In particular, it considers how these constructs are evidenced in men’s embracing of human mortality and their public expressions of grief. The nature of men’s health promotion is discussed and a platform for promoting healthy approaches to masculinity, mortality and grief is presented.
Keyword masculinity
gender identity
mortality
grief
secular rituals
death
health public policy
gender
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