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Concluding remarks

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/9781861349880.003.0011
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This chapter offers some concluding thoughts. A feature of the current political context, certainly in England, and one actively influenced by fathers' groups, is an emphasis on encouraging father ‘involvement’ in order to aid good outcomes for children. Birth fathers are prioritised, and the wishes of women are either not addressed or the benefits are assumed to be clear-cut. Ignoring women negates not only the important work they do, and have done, in caring for children, but also the work they put into helping men to father. Gender equality does not appear to be an objective of this particular policy emphasis. The chapter also revisits the book's main objectives, as outlined in Chapter 1.

Keywords: children; fathers; fathering; women; gender equality

Chapter.  1001 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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