'Real men are tough guys': Hegemonic masculinity and safety in the construction industry

Iacuone, D 2005, ''Real men are tough guys': Hegemonic masculinity and safety in the construction industry', Journal of Men's Studies, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 247-266.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title 'Real men are tough guys': Hegemonic masculinity and safety in the construction industry
Author(s) Iacuone, D
Year 2005
Journal name Journal of Men's Studies
Volume number 13
Issue number 2
Start page 247
End page 266
Total pages 20
Publisher Men's Studies Press
Abstract Drawing on participant-observation research and 20 interviews with tradesmen, this article explores the link between masculinity and occupational health and safety (OH&S) in the Australian (state of Victoria) construction industry. The main contention of the article is that the hegemonic masculine construct most commonly found on building sites serves to create a gender hierarchy, and this informal power matrix influences builders' perceptions of OH&S. Within this context, the article examines a range of topics including horseplay, alcohol consumption, the importance of risk and physical prowess, tradesmen's attitudes toward women, and one-upmanship.
Subject Gender Specific Studies
ISSN 1060-8265
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