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British Pakistani Muslim Masculinity, (In)fertility, and the Clinical Encounter

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mwenza BlellORCiD



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The experiences of men facing fertility disruptions are understudied. For British Pakistanis, the impact of infertility is heightened for women because of normative pressures to bear children. But what of men? I present data from in-depth interviews in North East England with infertile British Pakistani Muslims and relevant health professionals. British Pakistani men’s level of participation in clinical encounters and responses to diagnoses of male factor infertility must be understood in the context of kinship, the construction of Pakistani ethnicity in the UK, and the subordinated forms of masculinity which accompany this identity.

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Author(s): Blell M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Medical Anthropology

Year: 2018

Volume: 37

Issue: 2

Pages: 117-130

Online publication date: 11/08/2017

Acceptance date: 02/07/2017

Date deposited: 07/11/2018

ISSN (print): 0145-9740

ISSN (electronic): 1545-5882

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2017.1364736


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