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Out-of-place: the lack of engagement with parent networks of caregiving fathers of young children

Brooks, Rachel and Hodkinson, Paul (2019) Out-of-place: the lack of engagement with parent networks of caregiving fathers of young children Families, Relationships and Societies.

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Abstract

This article explores the daytime social interactions of fathers who have assumed primary or equal responsibility for the care of their young children. For most such fathers in our sample, contact with other parents during their day-to-day care was minimal. Many rationalised their isolation as a personal preference rooted in their own ‘introverted’ nature. Nevertheless, such individualised narratives underplay how various systemic factors worked against their integration into parent networks, including: feeling ‘out-of-place’ in many daytime public spaces; a fear of being judged because of their gender; and the difficulty of meeting other fathers with responsibility for day-to-day care. The operation of these factors provides evidence of the enduring nature of gender differences with respect to early years parenting and, in particular, of the gendering of daytime public parenting spaces – something that may represent a barrier to the extent and longevity of fathers’ caregiving roles.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Brooks, RachelR.Brooks@surrey.ac.uk
Hodkinson, PaulP.Hodkinson@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 19 July 2019
Funders : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Surrey
DOI : 10.1332/204674319X15536844488314
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 Policy Press. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in 'Families, Relationships and Societies'. The definitive publisher-authenticated version, Brooks, Rachel; Hodkinson, Paul - 'Out-of-place: the lack of engagement with parent networks of caregiving fathers of young children' is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1332/204674319X15536844488314
Uncontrolled Keywords : Fathering; Parenting; Gender; Public space
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 20 Feb 2019 16:57
Last Modified : 06 Sep 2019 13:12
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/850539

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