Solitary practices or social connections? : a comparative study of fathering and health experiences among white and African-Caribbean working class men
Williams, Robert, Ph.D. (2004) Solitary practices or social connections? : a comparative study of fathering and health experiences among white and African-Caribbean working class men. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This study addresses the following research question: what are the implications of African-
Caribbean and White working class men's experiences within social connections (within
families, friendships, communities and workplaces), for fathering and health experiences?
The purposes of this study were to undertake a primary piece of intensive qualitative
research, and also to analyse, critically, the study's findings, in order to identify implications
for theory, policy, practice and research.
This investigation was critical, interpretative and exploratory, informed by the principles of
phenomenology and ethnography. Six African-Caribbean and seven White working class
men were recruited, using purposive sampling, for two semi-structured individual
interviews. This enabled the exploration of the interactive effects and processes of structure
and agency, in relation to social class, gender, and ethnicity.
The study did not find major differences between the experiences of these two groups of
men, although the assets and constraints related to African-Caribbean men's experiences of
ethnicity and racism within social connections were evident. Study findings, for both groups
of men, indicated that social connectedness within families, communities and workplaces
was highly valued, but social connections, material and structural factors also influenced the
health of the men interviewed. Furthermore, findings indicated that men's experiences of
social connectedness have limitations. Specifically, men's limited insights into the links
between social connectedness and health, men's perceived limitations with their
communication skills, their solitary methods of dealing with perceived vulnerability, but
also the uncertainty associated with their identities as men were significant findings. Indeed,
men's experiences of both solitary discourses and practices and social connectedness,
regarding fathering and health, were associated with discourses about masculinities.
Implications for existing theory, for example Connell's (1995) work regarding masculinities,
and Putnam's (1995) work regarding `social capital', are identified. In addition,
implications for research, policy and practice are examined, with specific reference to the
opportunities for mental health promotion with working class men who are fathers.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Working class men -- Health and hygiene, Fathers -- Health and hygiene, Men, White -- Health and hygiene, West Indians -- Great Britain -- Health and hygiene, Working class men -- Social life and customs, Fathers -- Social life and customs, Men, White -- Social life and customs, West Indians -- Social life and customs|
|Official Date:||30 March 2004|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||School of Health and Social Studies|
|Extent:||[vii], 318 p.|
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