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Sociological perspectives

Brid Featherstone

in Contemporary fathering

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9781861349880
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301974 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349880.003.0006
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As sociologists engage more with the diversity and complexity of fathers, fathering, and fatherhood, exciting possibilities appear to be emerging for future research. This chapter explores key themes in a journey from the rigidity of role models to contemporary work around intimacy, the ‘meaning’ of children, the body, and feminist and pro-feminist work, particularly in relation to masculinities. The latter highlights how crucial it is that individual practices by men as fathers, including the kinds of knowledge they draw on, are located within wider social relations.

Keywords: sociology; fathers; fathering; fatherhood; role models; intimacy; masculinity

Chapter.  8946 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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