The ‘new father’: gender equality as discursive resource for family policies

Trine Annfelt

in Gender equality and welfare politics in Scandinavia

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424655
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302407 | DOI:
The ‘new father’: gender equality as discursive resource for family policies

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This chapter discusses the discursive strategies applied in the political debates. It also examines what was a natural and plausible way of thinking about the child's interests and about the cooperation, responsibilities, and sharing of rights between the parents at two different points in time. The amount of time fathers spend with their children has increased, and increasingly they take it for granted that they will spend this time together. It is also noted that the mother is emerging as a problem, the father as a victim. The power resource is embedded in the concept of equality. The hegemonic representation of the father today makes the him not only important to his children, but indispensable, and perhaps at least as important as the mother.

Keywords: gender equality; discursive strategies; family policies; fathers; children; mother

Chapter.  7311 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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