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Type: Journal article
Title: Constructions of primary caregiving fathers in popular parenting texts
Author: Hunter, S.
Riggs, D.
Augoustinos, M.
Citation: Men and Masculinities, 2020; 23(1):150-169
Publisher: SAGE
Issue Date: 2020
ISSN: 1097-184X
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Sarah C. Hunter, Damien W. Riggs, and Martha Augoustinos
Abstract: Expectations and norms of fatherhood are evolving, with fathers now expected to be more involved in childcare. These changes have made it possible for a growing number of fathers to assume a primary caregiving role. Catering to these fathers, a growing number of books have been published focusing on primary caregiving fathers. The present article reports on a discourse analysis of nine such books. Four interpretative repertoires were identified, suggesting very specific ways in which it is deemed appropriate for men to take on primary caregiving. The findings emphasize the need to pay ongoing attention to popular parenting texts since, despite claims they encourage and support involved models of fathering, the books present and reproduce potentially limited accounts of fathers who are primary caregivers. As such, the findings highlight the importance of being critical of claims that fatherhood is evolving, given such evolution may be mitigated by ongoing normativity with regard to fathering.
Keywords: Fathering; stay-at-home dads; hegemonic masculinity; masculinities
Rights: © The Author(s) 2017
RMID: 0030076358
DOI: 10.1177/1097184X17730593
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