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Caring fathers: The ideology of gender equality and masculine positions
University of Göteborg, Sweden University of Roskilde, Denmark.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Critical Studies on Men and Masculinities)
2008 (English)In: Men and Masculinities, ISSN 1097-184X, E-ISSN 1552-6828, Vol. 11, no 1, 42-62 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we explore Swedish men's relations to fatherhood in general and in particular to the new ideal of the caring and present father. We argue that the image of contemporary hegemonic masculinity is gradually changing. Reforms and informational strategies are used to enhance and create the "new father." In this article, we explore and analyze how four different groups of Swedish men-Christian men, psychotherapists, a male network, and immigrant men-relate to and discuss issues concerning new gender ideals, the modern father, and fathers as important caretakers. These issues are explored through four focus group interviews. The results from the study point toward the influences of factors such as age, social background, and religion. We also see that the ideology of gender equality has a strong general influence on men's ways of relating to and phrasing these issues. © 2008 Sage Publications.

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Sage Publications, 2008. Vol. 11, no 1, 42-62 p.
Keyword [en]
masculinity, gender, fatherhood, fathering
Keyword [sv]
faderskap, maskulinitet, genus, jämställdhet
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46532DOI: 10.1177/1097184X06291899OAI: diva2:267428
Den nye fadern - myt eller verklighet?
FAS, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, Fatherhood and Gender Equality in Swedish Paternity Leave Campaigns 1976-2006
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2012-11-13

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