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“Centering the Margins”: Moving Equity to the Center of Men’s Health Research

Griffith, Derek M

American journal of men's health, 2018-09, Vol.12 (5), p.1317-1327 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    “Centering the Margins”: Moving Equity to the Center of Men’s Health Research
  • Author: Griffith, Derek M
  • Subjects: Health disparities ; men’s studies ; social determinants of health ; development and aging ; gender issues and sexual orientation ; health care issues ; Special section-Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Disparity Issues ; special populations ; hegemonic masculinity ; health promotion and disease prevention ; psychosocial and cultural issues ; men of color
  • Is Part Of: American journal of men's health, 2018-09, Vol.12 (5), p.1317-1327
  • Description: How might the science of men’s health progress if research on marginalized or subordinated men is moved from the margins of the literature to the center? This commentary seeks to answer this question, suggesting that if more attention is paid to men of color and other marginalized men, the field will be greatly enriched in its ability to understand determinants of men’s health. Reimagining men’s health by moving men’s health disparities to a primary focus of the field may yield critical new insights that would be essential to moving men’s health to the center of health equity research. Focusing on the dual goals of improving the health of marginalized men and examining the determinants of disparities among men and between men and women will yield insights into mechanisms, pathways, and strategies to improve men’s health and address health disparities. Current definitions of health disparities limit the nation’s ability to dedicate resources to populations that need attention—men of color and other marginalized men—that do not fit these definitions. Moving marginalized men to the center of research in men’s health will foster new ways of understanding determinants of men’s health that cannot be identified without focusing on populations of men whose health is as influenced by race, ethnicity, and other structures of marginalization as it is by gender and masculinities. Using Black men as a case example, the article illustrates how studying marginalized men can refine the study of men’s health and health equity.
  • Publisher: Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1557-9883
    EISSN: 1557-9891
    DOI: 10.1177/1557988318773973
    PMID: 29749300
  • Source: © ProQuest LLC All rights reserved

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