Being a âReal Fishermanâ: How Masculinity Mediates Workplace Safety Practices and Perceptions of Risk, Safety and Health among Newfoundland Fish Harvesters in Changing Times
While the masculine culture of fishing has been widely noted (Andersen, 1972; Nadel-Klein and Davis, 1988; Neis, 1999; Silk, 1995), little attention has been paid to how masculinity itself might be a risk factor and how it interacts with other sources of risk to influence Occupational Health and Safety outcomes. The OHS literature tends to treat the fisher as an abstract subject who can be made the target of particular, discrete interventions. This approach ignores how these interventions are mediated by masculinity and therefore constrains positive health and safety impacts. I address this gap by examining how practices and arrangements in which masculinity is produced contribute to health and safety issues and how masculinity mediates, constrains or enables the contributing factors discussed in the OHS literature. Looking at occupational health, and health impacts more generally, through a masculinity lens will help us rethink and redefine the parameters and design of policy and training initiatives intended to reduce risk and risk-taking.
30 Nov -0001
Fishing, hunting and trapping
The Newfoundland And Labrador Centre For Applied Health Research
Occupational Health and Safety
Strategic Research Theme
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture