Anstiss, D., Hodgetts, D., & Stolte, O. E. E. (2018). Men’s re-placement: Social practices in a Men’s Shed. Health & Place, 51, 217–223. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.04.009
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Transitions into retirement can be difficult at the best of times. Many men find themselves having to reflect on who they are and what their lives are about. Their access to social supports and material resources are often disrupted. Men's Sheds offer a space where retired men can actively pursue wellbeing, and respond to disruption and loneliness through emplaced community practices. This paper draws on ethnographic research in a Men's Shed in Auckland, New Zealand in order to explore the social practices through which men create a shared space for themselves in which they can engage in meaningful relationships with each other. We document how participants work in concert to create a space in which they can be together through collective labour. Their emplacement in the shed affords opportunities for supported transitions into retirement and for engaging healthy lives beyond paid employment.
This is an author’s accepted version of an article published in the journal: Health & Place. © 2018 Elsevier.