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Evidence suggests that generally men neglect their health and that for some men at least their ‘masculinity’ is characterised by risk taking, especially for younger men (in terms of smoking, alcohol and drug taking, unsafe sexual practices, road accidents, lack of awareness of risk), an ignorance of the men’s bodies, and a reluctance to seek medical intervention for suspected health problems. In this context it is interesting that Estonian research finds that men are over-optimistic regarding their own health (Kolga 2000).
There is little statistical information and analysis that is explicitly focused on men, variations amongst men, and the relationship of those patterns to qualitative research on men’s practices and lives. There are, however, very apparent differences in the substantive patterns reported through these national statistics. There are of course broad patterns, but it should be strongly emphasised that the social and cultural contexts in which these national reports are written are very varied indeed.
It should also be emphasised that there are very different and sometimes antagonistic approaches within the same country, for example, between non-gendered, nonfeminist or even anti-feminist approaches and gendered and feminist approaches. These differences sometimes connect with different research topics and themes, for example, research on men’s violences may, understandably, be more critical towards men, while research on men’s health may be more sympathetic and less critical. They to some extent represent and reflect disciplinary and indeed methodological differences in the analysis of men, which in turn sometimes are differentially influential in different research areas.
The Social Problem of Men: Final Report : Volume 1 by Jeff Hearn, Keith Pringle