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What is 'new' about fatherhood? The social construction of fatherhood in France and the UK

Gregory, A and Milner, S 2011, 'What is 'new' about fatherhood? The social construction of fatherhood in France and the UK' , Men and Masculinities .

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Abstract

This article reviews the way that fatherhood is constructed in the public discourse and more broadly in the public sphere in the UK and France by examining (1) the fatherhood regime and its influence on the construction of fatherhood in the two countries; (2) gender attitudes and parenting roles; and (3) popular images of fatherhood, particularly as represented in women’s and men’s magazines in France and in the UK. The authors explore to what extent “new” features of fatherhood in the two countries are reflected in its public representation and how this representation is influenced by national fatherhood regimes and notably social policy. The authors find that “new fatherhood” is finding its way into popular representations of fatherhood in both countries, but that cultural products tend to be conservative in their representations and reinforce existing stereotypes rather than innovative in representations of gender relations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information:
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Men and Masculinities
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1097-184X
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Depositing User: Professor Abigail Gregory
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2011 10:29
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:09
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/17649

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