Fatherhood regimes and father involvement in France and the UK

Gregory, A and Milner, SE 2008, 'Fatherhood regimes and father involvement in France and the UK' , Community, Work & Family, 11 (1) , pp. 61-84.

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This paper contrasts and compares the institutional framework for fatherhood and father involvement and the survey evidence relating to fathers’ contribution to childcare and domestic work in the two countries. It shows that while men’s contribution to such activities appears to be increasing in both France and the UK, change is slow and father involvement does not necessarily seem to correlate directly either with patterns of female labour force participation or with the support offered by the institutional framework. The authors explore the theoretical frameworks most appropriate for explaining their findings and situate them primarily in terms of Pfau-Effinger’s theorization of the gender arrangement (1998, 2002, 2004). The authors conclude that while change in father involvement is slow, the introduction of statutory and organizational worklife balance measures which alter the gender order open up opportunities for negotiated change in the division of the labour in the home.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ503 The family. Marriage. Home
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Community, Work & Family
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1366-8803
Depositing User: Professor Abigail Gregory
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2010 11:42
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 09:17
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