AMSA host Stuart Torrance is joined by AMSA Patron Professor Barry Golding to discuss his forthcoming book Shoulder to Shoulder: Broadening the Men’s Shed Movement.

Shoulder to Shoulder: Broadening the Men’s Shed Movement will be published in late October 2021, a sequel, to Barry Golding’s The Men’s Shed Movement: the Company of Men (published in 2015). The new book comprehensively follows up what is happening with Men’s Sheds around the world, including in Australia just six years on.

Totalling around 400 pages and including 12 maps, it includes separate chapters about new and expanding Men’s Shed movements across Australia, Ireland, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, the US and Denmark, plus Chapters about ‘Women’s Sheds’, and Shed research worldwide.

Accounts of all Men’s Shed ‘peak body’ organisations across Australia and globally are included. The 2021 book includes a useful index that includes both books.

Shoulder to Shoulder provides many new and revisited case studies of Men’s Sheds (and some Women’s Sheds) from all parts of Australia. The case studies from around the world provide a valuable and timely glimpse as to how Sheds and national movements are adapting and changing the original Australian model.

The book documents the many benefits of shedding to social and community connection, as well as to health and wellbeing. It also looks at the devastating impact of COVID-19 on Sheds and shedders across the world.

It makes a powerful, evidence-based case for further broadening the reach and scope of Men’s Sheds and Women’s Sheds, globally and within nations beyond the pandemic.

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