Professor Brendan Gough - Guest speakers - University of Derby

“Men, weight loss and the relevance of ‘masculinity’: Some themes from qualitative research projects.”

A talk at the University of Derby by Professor Brendan Gough, Leeds Metropolitan University.
Wednesday 19 March 2014, 4.15pm to 5.15pm.
Heap Lecture Theatre, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB.

Brendan is an expert in qualitative research methods with research interests in Lifestyles, Gender, Masculinity and Wellbeing. He has carried out research and published papers on gender identities and relations, mostly on Health and Wellbeing (weight, alcohol consumption, smoking, diet, and aspects of men's health). He has won funding from a range of bodies including the ESRC, NHS and the British Psychological Society.

He is co-founder and co-editor of the journal “Qualitative Research in Psychology”, edits the Critical Psychology section of the journal “Social & Personality Psychology Compass”, and is Associate Editor for the journal "Psychology of Men and Masculinity". He has co-authored/edited three books in the areas of critical social psychology, reflexivity in qualitative research, and Men's Health.

What the talk will cover:

In this talk Brendan will highlight issues around men and obesity with reference to prevailing assumptions concerning gender and health. He will then cover research on the social construction of men’s health, with reference to media representations of men, masculinities, diet and embodiment. Next, he will present data on how men themselves orient to discourses of weight and health, and how they account for their own health-related practices – with reference to three different groups: gay ‘bears’, men who talk to other men on an online weight management forum, and men engaged in a ‘male-friendly’ obesity reduction programme. Themes concerning male vulnerability, body image and wellbeing will be presented, and implications for men’s health promotion discussed.

All are welcome, and no booking is needed to attend - just come along.

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