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“A Crisis of Masculinity?”: The Intersection of Gender, Illness, and Selfhood in the Narratives of Prostate Cancer Survivors

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“A Crisis of Masculinity?”: The Intersection of Gender, Illness, and Selfhood in the Narratives of Prostate Cancer Survivors

Folco, Joseph (2013) “A Crisis of Masculinity?”: The Intersection of Gender, Illness, and Selfhood in the Narratives of Prostate Cancer Survivors. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis in Socio-Cultural Anthropology explores the way prostate cancer, as an illness experience, influences the masculinity and identity of survivors. It draws on theory from the subfield of Medical Anthropology and Masculinity Studies to demonstrate the complex relationship between gender, illness, and selfhood. Based on data collected during five months of fieldwork in Montréal in summer 2012, this research illustrates highlights the importance and strength of the narrative method in anthropological methodology, particularly when exploring issues related to illness and identity. In addition, it proposes possible future avenues of study in prostate cancer research such as how homosexual men, African-American or Afro-Caribbean men, and the partners and spouses of those diagnosed cope and understand the illness and its side effects. While this thesis focuses on Montréal, it demonstrates how prostate cancer is an individualized and personal experience, which can only be understood if a range of cultural and contextual factors is considered. In particular, understanding how cultural and sexual diversity impacts the illness experience of men differently is imperative for prostate cancer research, support groups and awareness programs, and both healthcare institutions and its practitioners.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Folco, Joseph
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Social and Cultural Anthropology
Date:11 May 2013
Thesis Supervisor(s):Lafrance, Marc
ID Code:977935
Deposited By: JOSEPH FOLCO
Deposited On:26 Nov 2013 15:23
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:45
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