There has been a growing interest in the study of masculinity and its intersection with health. However, and despite epidemiological data showing men's general disadvantage in health, there are only a few empirical studies that explore men's experiences of chronic illness. Drawing on empirical data collected in qualitative research on masculinity and autoimmune diabetes, this article investigates the multiple ways in which gender may intersect with health, in an attempt to go beyond the widespread thesis that 'masculinity is bad for men's health'. In line with more recent critical perspectives on the study of men's health that have challenged this oversimplistic assumption, this work further problematises masculinity in relation to health and illness. In-depth interviews have been conducted with 40 young/adult diabetic men from working/middle-class backgrounds. The findings show that gender might intersect health in complex ways and diabetic men can embody and re-signify health practices in order to fulfil or redefine dominant ideals of masculinity. From the analysis, three different 'diabetic masculinities' have been identified and will be discussed: the Diabetic Quantified Self, the Athlete and the Free Spirit.

Men, masculinities and diabetes: 'doing gender' in Italian men's narratives of chronic illness

Quaglia, Valeria
2020-01-01

Abstract

There has been a growing interest in the study of masculinity and its intersection with health. However, and despite epidemiological data showing men's general disadvantage in health, there are only a few empirical studies that explore men's experiences of chronic illness. Drawing on empirical data collected in qualitative research on masculinity and autoimmune diabetes, this article investigates the multiple ways in which gender may intersect with health, in an attempt to go beyond the widespread thesis that 'masculinity is bad for men's health'. In line with more recent critical perspectives on the study of men's health that have challenged this oversimplistic assumption, this work further problematises masculinity in relation to health and illness. In-depth interviews have been conducted with 40 young/adult diabetic men from working/middle-class backgrounds. The findings show that gender might intersect health in complex ways and diabetic men can embody and re-signify health practices in order to fulfil or redefine dominant ideals of masculinity. From the analysis, three different 'diabetic masculinities' have been identified and will be discussed: the Diabetic Quantified Self, the Athlete and the Free Spirit.
WILEY
Internazionale
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9566.13176
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