In this chapter, Bowl takes on the task of writing about the broad area of community care in relation to men. While some writing and research exists on men in relation to child care and the criminal justice system little has been written on men and community care. Bowl describes men as both the receivers of care and as carers. Although men often benefit from community care services, dominant forms of masculinity represent men as ‘competent’ and ‘independent’ and exclude the idea of men as carers. Bowl identifies how men in particular cultures and contexts provide care for friends, partners and relatives. He argues that social workers need to challenge dominant stereotypes of men as being, at best, ‘reluctant’ carers. These practice developments would be encouraged, in Bowl’s view, by detailed research on men and community care.
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