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The politics of fatherhood: contemporary developments

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/9781861349880.003.0007
The politics of fatherhood: contemporary developments

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This chapter explores the emergence and claims of fathers' organisations, identifying the dominance of a language around children's welfare. It suggests the need to recognise diversity between fathers. The chapter recognises that some men in situations of great pain and loss are looking for help and support, and their angry calls need to be decoded in that context. However, there is a very partial understanding of gendered inequalities, and no commitment, generally, to challenge wider manifestations of men's continuing power. The chapter also suggests that it is not the denial of domestic violence by fathers'-rights activists which should be a key concern for feminists. Rather, it is the effacement of the needs and wishes of mothers, and the attempts to construct fathers as essential to children's welfare.

Keywords: fathers' organisations; children's welfare; gender inequality; fathers' rights; feminists; mothers

Chapter.  7311 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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