Masculinities and Health Inequalities Within Neoliberal Economies
Shifting employment patterns in the Western world, particularly the move from manufacturing to service industries, has had a negative impact on male employment, especially for working-class men. Many men, particularly from poor socioeconomic backgrounds, are said to lack the interpersonal skills required for service industries and the concomitant emotional labour this entails. Such shifts, changes and related challenges are known to impact the health of individuals and populations. In particular, the embedding of work as fundamental to a positive male identity can lead to mental and physical health issues for men during times of economic change and uncertainty. This chapter draws together and integrates currently disparate literature relating to neoliberal policy agendas and employment patterns; masculinities; and men’s health and wellbeing.
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