Dr Richard Green

Research Fellow in Palliative Care and Ageing
PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Academic and research departments

School of Health Sciences.



Research interests


Green, R. (2019) Maintaining masculinity: Moral positioning when accounting for prostate cancer illness
This article explores men’s experiences following treatment for prostate cancer through the lens of chronic illness. Recent empirical work suggests prostate cancer may be better understood as a chronic illness. Prostate cancer offers a case study to examine how older men’s masculinities are disrupted by chronic illness experience. Qualitative interviews with 29 men, recruited from two prostate cancer support groups, explored prostate cancer and post-treatment experiences. Men’s experiences are examined by drawing on the works of Steve Robertson and Kathy Charmaz for understanding masculinities in relation to health and illness. Aspects of chronic illness experience are identified in men’s accounts, particularly concerns with loss of moral status resulting from ongoing and potentially stigmatising treatment side effects. Four forms of moral positioning are identified that align with Steve Robertson’s empirically derived model theorising the relationship between health and hegemonic masculinity. These findings facilitate discussion of the interaction between chronic illness experience, morality and masculinities, providing insight into how older men maintain their masculinity in the wake of illness.
Green, R. (2020) The Forms and Uses of Acquired Prostate Cancer Expertise Among Prostate Cancer Survivors
This article examines men’s prostate cancer experiences through the lens of patient expertise. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 29 men treated for prostate cancer, recruited from two prostate cancer support groups (PCSGs) in the South-East of England. Different forms of expertise, as classified by Collins, were found to be possessed by these men. How these different forms of expertise were acquired, used, and shared with others are explored, and a concept of  is posited to better understand these activities. The acquisition and usage of these different forms of expertise, through the employment of moral discourses that emphasise responsibility for one’s own health, are found to serve to blur the boundaries between lay person and expert.
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