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Stag tourism - Men and childbirth

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 18 January 2012

Vomiting, urinating openly, dressing up as women and public nudity - some of the features of the Stag Tour which show a new kind of masculinity, claims new research from Thomas Thurnell-Read. He tells Laurie that far from the controlled, contained and emotionally repressed image of traditional men, these young men are letting it all hang out - at least for one weekend. Also on the programme how men experience the process of childbirth. Are they sidelined by the medical process? Alan Dolan talks about his latest research.
The social commentator Owen Jones also joins the discussion of modern young men and how masculinity is changing.
Producer: Charlie Taylor.

  • Dr Thomas Thurnell-Read

    Lecturer in Sociology at Coventry University

    Paper: Off the Leash and Out of Control: Masculinities and Embodiment in Eastern European Stag Tourism
    doi: 10.1177/0038038511416149
    Sociology December 2011 vol. 45 no. 6 977-991

    Find out more about Thomas Thurnell-Read
  • Owen Jones

    Social commentator

    Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class
    Publisher: Verso; 1 edition
    ISBN-10: 184467696X
    ISBN-13: 978-1844676965

    Find out more about Owen Jones
  • Alan Dolan

    Associate Professor in the School of Health and Social Studies at the University of Warwick

    Men, Masculine Identities and Childbirth
    Alan Dolan, Christine Coe
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2011.01349.x
    Sociology of Health & Illness
    Volume 33, Issue 7, pages 1019–1034, November 2011

    Find out more about Alan Dolan



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