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Yauk gyar mann yin (Be a man!): masculinity and betel quid chewing among men in Mandalay, Myanmar

Moe, Thida ; Boonmongkon, Pimpawun ; Lin, Chu Fu ; Guadamuz, Thomas E

Culture, health & sexuality, 2016, Vol.18(2), pp.129-43 [Rivista Peer Reviewed]

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  • Titolo:
    Yauk gyar mann yin (Be a man!): masculinity and betel quid chewing among men in Mandalay, Myanmar
  • Autore: Moe, Thida ; Boonmongkon, Pimpawun ; Lin, Chu Fu ; Guadamuz, Thomas E
  • Descrizione: Betel quid chewing is associated with various oral cancers and other health concerns, including reproductive health issues. Nevertheless, the practice is widespread in Myanmar, especially among men. This qualitative study elucidates the gendered aspects of betel quid chewing by examining how it links with masculine ideology among male betel quid chewers in Mandalay, Myanmar. Data were collected through in-depth interviews, focus-group discussions, key-informant interviews and participant observation. The thematic content analysis was guided by Connell's concept of hegemonic masculinity and Butler's notion of gender performativity. The findings indicated that young Mandalay men were drawn to betel quid chewing by the value they gave to satisfying their curiosity, power competition, risk-taking and a display of manliness. Thus, the practice of betel quid chewing, as defined by our participants, was perceived as manly, trendy, stylish and sexually attractive. For adult men, betel quid chewing was a social lubricant that assisted them in talking with clients and co-workers, thus enhancing their economic opportunities with other men. It also helped working-class men to work harder. Betel quid chewing harm-reduction programmes therefore need to be mindful of masculinity issues as well as the economic aspects of betel quid chewing.
  • Fa parte di: Culture, health & sexuality, 2016, Vol.18(2), pp.129-43
  • Soggetti: Betel Quid Chewing ; Myanmar ; Masculinity ; Men ; Areca ; Culture ; Masculinity
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • Identificativo: E-ISSN: 1464-5351 ; PMID: 26242722 Version:1 ; DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2015.1055305

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