Creating better research spaces for narratives around male family relationships and identity: guidance from rural Australian men
Citation: Merritt S, Turner LM. Creating better research spaces for narratives around male family relationships and identity: guidance from rural Australian men. Rural and Remote Health (Internet) 2013; 13: 2462. Available: http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/subviewnew.asp?ArticleID=2462 (Accessed 1 July 2016)
Introduction: What is known about male identity or intergenerational relationships between male family members? And how can rural Australian men be engaged in essential health research?Key words: Australia, culture, First Nations Australians, Indigenous, intergenerational relationships, men’s health, men’s identity, narrative inquiry.
Methods: Narrative inquiry is proposed as an ideal means for engaging in the process of uncovering men’s storied reflections about their lives, relationships and identity.
Results: The article begins with guidance contributed by a group of rural Australian men to narrative researchers who hope to create comfortable environments for men to share personal stories about their intergenerational relationships with male relatives. The men discuss how they see themselves as men in today’s Australian rural landscape. Following this, the narrative inquiry literature is discussed. Reflections are provided on male identity as influenced by culture and context, consideration of men and their family relationships, and barriers to men’s participation in research, which leads to a focus on rural Australian men.
Conclusion: Further research with rural men is called for, in regard to both their participation in research, and their participation in health initiatives.
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