Sociology

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Identity Crisis? How To Be a Man

Sarah Best

9th May 2017

According to some sociologists, some men are experiencing a crisis of identity where they are struggling with the professional and personal demands placed on them in society. 

Changes to traditional roles, such as the man being the main breadwinner in the family and playing pivotal roles in the workplace it is argued have led to a 'crisis of masculinity'. Some social commentators point to the alarming figures for male suicide as one result of this crisis.

Another relatively recent concept in the area of masculinity and identity is the idea of the 'new man'. This refers to men who work but also help in the house with childcare and housework.

School of Life: How To Be A Man

Sarah Best

Sarah is a passionate full-time Head of Sociology and Psychology and has worked in a variety in schools in the UK, and she is currently working in a British international school. She is keen to develop and boost the profile of both subjects.

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