Understanding the masculinity crisis : Implications for men's services in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-233
Journal / PublicationBritish Journal of Social Work
Issue number2
Online published10 Aug 2012
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014


The purpose of this study was to understand the men's crisis from a gender perspective and discuss its implications for men's services in Hong Kong. In gathering data for the study, we completed telephone interviews with 547 adult men aged eighteen to sixty-five to understand their views on different sources of pressure, including work, economic circumstances, family relationships, human relationships, personal development, health and social status. We also selected ten survey respondents as the subjects of in-depth interviews. The findings of the study show that the major problem men faced by in Hong Kong is pressure from work. The problem actually stems from the patriarchal roots and social processes of a post-industrial society. However, social workers in Hong Kong fail to recognise that men's problems arise from the challenges posed by changing gender practices rather than from women; moreover, such workers have overlooked differences and diversity among men. To address men's problems effectively, we need to develop gender-based or anti-sexist practices by deconstructing the ideal of hegemonic masculinity and helping men to develop new kinds of relationships between themselves and with women in work and family settings. © The Author 2012.

Research Area(s)

  • anti-oppressive practice, gender, gender-based practice, Hong Kong, Masculinities, men