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Contemporary social policies

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/9781861349880.003.0008
Contemporary social policies

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The last decade has seen a limited focus on men as fathers within a wide-ranging project emphasising the importance of investing in children. There has been an array of developments in relation to strengthening the responsibilities of birth fathers and some opening up of possibilities for social fathering through legislation. There have been moves towards supporting both mothers and fathers in sharing care, although these are limited and do not seem concerned to promote gender equity. This chapter identifies the key developments in policies, analysing their rationale and, where possible, identifying effects. A brief attempt is made to locate such developments within a wider international context.

Keywords: fathers; social fathering; social policy; child care; gender equity

Chapter.  11155 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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