Living for the moment: men situating risk-taking after the death of a friend

Creighton, Genevieve M., Oliffe, John L., McMillan, Eva and Saewyc, Elizabeth M. (2015) Living for the moment: men situating risk-taking after the death of a friend. Sociology of Health and Illness, 37 3: 355-369. doi:10.1111/1467-9566.12194

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Author Creighton, Genevieve M.
Oliffe, John L.
McMillan, Eva
Saewyc, Elizabeth M.
Title Living for the moment: men situating risk-taking after the death of a friend
Journal name Sociology of Health and Illness   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0141-9889
Publication date 2015-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1467-9566.12194
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 37
Issue 3
Start page 355
End page 369
Total pages 15
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The primary cause of death for men under the age of 30 is unintentional injury and, despite health-promotion efforts and programme interventions, male injury and death rates have not decreased in recent years. Drawing on 22 interviews from a study of men, risk and grief, we describe how a risk-related tragedy shaped the participants’ understandings of and practices of risk-taking. The findings indicate that most participants did not alter their perceptions and engagement in risky practices, which reflected their alignment to masculine ideals within specific communities of practice where risk-taking was normalised and valorised. Continued reliance on risky practices following the death of a friend was predominantly expressed as ‘living for the moment,’ where caution and safety were framed as conservative practices that undermined and diluted the robustness ideally embodied by this subgroup of young men. Two main themes: living life, accepting death and upping the ante illustrate how risk-taking can persist following a death. A smaller group of participants articulated a different viewpoint; reining in risk practices, to describe their risk management approaches after the death of a male friend. This novel study confirms the ongoing challenge of reducing men's risk-taking practices, even after the death of a friend.
Keyword Masculinities
Accidental death
Health practices
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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