Coping and Suicide amongst the Lads

Expectations of Masculinity in Post-Traditional Ireland

  • Authors
  • Felicia Garcia

Part of the Global Masculinities book series (GLMAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Felicia Garcia
    Pages 1-31
  3. Felicia Garcia
    Pages 33-56
  4. Felicia Garcia
    Pages 57-87
  5. Felicia Garcia
    Pages 89-123
  6. Felicia Garcia
    Pages 163-198
  7. Felicia Garcia
    Pages 199-215
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 217-235

About this book


For every female suicide in Ireland, there are five male suicides. This book is based on fieldwork done in and around Cork, Ireland between 2008 and 2012 among some forty young lads, aged 18-34. This anthropological approach aims to help explain why some groups in a specific society or community are more prone to commit suicide than others. In addition to suicide, this book focuses extensively on related issues such as alcohol, drug abuse, and other self-destructive behaviors prominent within Irish lad culture. This includes peer pressures and loyalties, chauvinistic jargon, homophobic bullying, humor, and the culture of mocking so as to grasp the cultural expectations of this particular form of masculinity. The everyday workings of gender segregation and gender-appropriateness is examined in detail by informants while addressing the underlying question whether increased gender equality—which includes men—could lessen young men's vulnerability to self-destructive behaviors and suicide in Ireland.


anthropology cultural anthropology culture economy gender social anthropology social change social science sociology statistics stress Tradition

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-70847-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53033-2
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