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"Why aren't you at work?": negotiating economic models of fathering identity

Shirani, Fiona Jane, Henwood, Karen Linda and Coltart, Carrie 2012. "Why aren't you at work?": negotiating economic models of fathering identity. Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers 10 (3) , pp. 274-290. 10.3149/fth.1003.274

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Abstract

Much has been made of the apparent trend toward men's greater involvement in fatherhood, suggesting moves toward more egalitarian couple relationships characterised by greater role-sharing. Yet alongside this it has also been argued that the breadwinner/provider role remains central to men's fatherhood identity and continues to be underlined by current policy. That providing apparently remains a central aspect of successful fatherhood subsequently raises potential challenges for men who experience unemployment. Presenting illustrative case study data from a qualitative longitudinal study, we explore how changes in occupational trajectories away from models of full-time working outside of the home hold implications for men's sense of competence or vulnerability, and how provider and involved carer positions are intertwined in men's fatherhood identities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Uncontrolled Keywords: home-working, stay-at-home fathers, unemployment, caring, qualitative longitudinal
Publisher: The Men's Studies Press
ISSN: 1537-6680
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:18
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/58206

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