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Title: Understanding the health of lorry drivers in context: a critical discourse analysis
Authors: Caddick, Nick
Varela-Mato, Veronica
Clemes, Stacy A.
Nimmo, Myra A.
Yates, Thomas E.
King, James A.
Keywords: Health
Masculinities
Physical activity
Critical discourse analysis
Neoliberal
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: CADDICK, N. ... et al, 2016. Understanding the health of lorry drivers in context: a critical discourse analysis. Health, DOI: 10.1177/1363459316644492
Abstract: This paper moves beyond previous attempts to understand health problems in the lives of professional lorry drivers by placing the study of drivers’ health in a wider social and cultural context. A combination of methods including focus groups, interviews and observations were used to collect data from a group of 24 lorry drivers working at a large transport company in the UK. Employing a critical discourse analysis, we identified the dominant discourses and subject positions shaping the formation of drivers’ health and lifestyle choices. This analysis was systematically combined with an exploration of the gendered ways in which an almost exclusively male workforce talked about health. Findings revealed that drivers were constituted within a neoliberal economic discourse, which is reflective of the broader social structure, and which partly restricted drivers’ opportunities for healthy living. Concurrently, drivers adopted the subject position of “average man” as a way of defending their personal and masculine status in regards to health, and to justify jettisoning approaches to healthy living that were deemed too extreme or irrational in the face of the constraints of their working lives. Suggestions for driver health promotion include refocusing on the social and cultural – rather than individual – underpinnings of driver health issues, and a move away from moralistic approaches to health promotion.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal, Health. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459316644492
Sponsor: The research was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Diet, Lifestyle & Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit based at University Hospitals of Leicester and Loughborough University.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/1363459316644492
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/20520
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459316644492
ISSN: 1461-7196
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