Understanding African American men's perceptions of racism, male gender socialization, and social capital through photovoice.


Journal Article

In this study we used a participatory qualitative research approach--photovoice--to collect information about African American men's perceptions of the factors that influenced their own health and the health of their communities. Photovoice was conducted as part of the "Men as Navigators (MAN) for Health" project, an evaluation of a male lay health advisor (LHA) intervention in central North Carolina. Twelve African American men living in both urban and rural communities took photographs and discussed the photos in six photo discussion sessions. Analysis involved identifying recurring themes from the photos and transcriptions of photo discussions. The results suggest that race and racism, male gender socialization, and social networks and social capital all have important influences on African American men's health. The implications for further research and public health practice are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ornelas, IJ; Amell, J; Tran, AN; Royster, M; Armstrong-Brown, J; Eng, E

Published Date

  • April 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 552 - 565

PubMed ID

  • 19201993

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19201993

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1049-7323

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1049732309332104


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States