On Being a Man: Four Scottish Men in Conversation

On Being a Man: Four Scottish Men in Conversation


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What does ‘masculinity’ mean today?

On Being a Man brings together four men to consider the condition of Scottish men, reflect on their own backgrounds and experiences, and confront some of the most difficult issues men face. These include the changing roles of men in Scottish society, the role of work and employment.

What it means to be a man is very different from forty years ago: in terms of expectations, relationships, how men relate to partners, bring up children and what constitutes a modern family. However, there is a dark side of Scottish masculinity – seen in the drinking, violent, abusive behaviour of some Scots men, and this book addresses this directly, getting into issues many of us often shy away from confronting.

Draws on the wide-ranging voices of: journalist, writer and broadcaster, David Torrance; founder of a youth employment and mentoring charity, Sandy Campbell; public health researcher, Pete Seaman; and former policeman and head of the violence reduction unit, John Carnochan.

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ISBN-13: 9781910021330
Publisher: Luath Press Limited
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Pages: 132
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

About the Author

DAVID TORRANCE is a freelance writer, journalist, public relations consultant and broadcaster. He is a regular contributor to STVs Politics Now programme, writes obituaries for the Sunday Herald and political comment for The Scotsman. Torrance has written six previous books and is also currently studying a part-time PhD in Political History at Queen Mary, University of London.

Sandy Campbell is the creator of Working Rite which is a mentoring project for teenagers.

John Carnochan was a policeman for 39 years before establishing the Violence Reduction Unit.

Pete Seaman has conducted extensive research in issues that affect Scottish men such as alcohol consumption, gang involvement and fatherhood.

GERRY HASSAN was born in Dundee. He is a writer, commentator, political analyst, and a regular contributor to The Scotsman, Newsnight Scotland, Good Morning Scotland, and Open Democracy. He works as a lecturer in cultural policy at the University of the West of Scotland.

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