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The Gendered Landscape of Suicide

Masculinities, Emotions, and Culture

Authors: Cleary, Anne

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  • Considers male and female patterns of suicide across the world and examine similarities and discrepancies
  • Provides a fresh, sociological perspective on a major international public health issue
  • Offers a rare insight into the life stories and narratives of men who have attempted suicide
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About this book

This book is an attempt to understand suicide from the perspective of a group of men who decided to take their own lives. Their stories imply that male suicide is not, as frequently portrayed, an impulsive action arising from particular, sex-specific, causes but relates to a cluster of interlinked issues which accumulate over time. These issues were not distinctively male concerns but were connected to gender in that the men’s difficulties were exacerbated by the existence of an emotional culture which inhibited males from expressing specific feelings. The prevailing form of masculinity impeded them in developing knowledge of, and speaking about, their emotional needs and from accessing help and this prolonged their suffering and made suicide a possibility. These men produced compelling accounts of their emotional pain which belied notions of male inexpressiveness but the findings point to a link between emotionally constraining cultures and suicidal behaviour for some groups of men.

About the authors

Anne Cleary is a sociologist and Research Fellow in the Geary Institute for Public Policy, University College Dublin, Ireland.  Her research focuses on gender, health and wellbeing and has been funded by the Irish Research Council. She is a member of the Fulbright Commission (Ireland) Board and was previously the recipient of a Fulbright Award.

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“Throughout history and across many cultures, men have been far more likely to take their own lives and in modern society, blue collar, less educated men are especially at risk. In this important new study of men who want to, try to and do commit suicide, the sociologist Anne Cleary discovers underlying feelings of anguish, desperation, and shame. Equally important, she astutely observes that as men they feel obliged to “bravely” cover such feelings from public view. This misplaced notion of male valor, she persuasively argues, has tragically escaped public notice, seen as “just how men are” and foreclosed the possibility of receiving vitally needed help. An important contribution to sociology and a revelatory book for policy-makers, men at risk of their male socialization - and everyone else.” (Professor Arlie R. Hochschild, Professor Emerita, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-16634-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-16633-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Gendered Landscape of Suicide
Book Subtitle
Masculinities, Emotions, and Culture
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-16634-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-16634-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-16633-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 223
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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