How the Men’s Shed idea travels to Scandinavia

Ahl, Helene and Hedegaard, Joel and Golding, B. (2017) How the Men’s Shed idea travels to Scandinavia. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 57 (3). pp. 316-333.

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Abstract

Australia has around 1,000 Men’s Sheds – informal community based workshops offering men beyond paid work somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to. They have proven to be of great benefit for older men’s learning, health and wellbeing, social integration, and for developing a positive male identity focusing on community responsibility and care. A Men’s Shed is typically selforganized and ‘bottom-up’, which is also a key success factor, since it provides participants with a sense of ownership and empowerment. Men’s Sheds are now spreading rapidly internationally, but the uptake of the idea varies with the local and national context, and so too may the consequences. Our paper describes how the Men’s Shed travelled to Denmark, a country with considerably more ‘social engineering’ than in Australia, where Sheds were opened in 2015, via a ‘top-down’ initiative sponsored by the Danish Ministry of Health. Using data from the study of the web pages of the Danish ‘Shed’ organizations, from interviews with the central organizer, and from visits and interviews with participants and local organizers at two Danish Men’s sheds, we describe how the idea of the Men’s Shed on the Australian model was interpreted and translated at central and local levels. Preliminary data indicate that similar positive benefits as exist in Australia may result, provided that local ownership is emphasized.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Adult Learning
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3304
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ID Code: 127253
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 12 Sep 2018 08:26
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2020 04:41
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/127253

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