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Involved fatherhood?: Exploring the educational work of middle-class men
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work. (Socialt arbete)
2011 (English)In: Gender and Education, ISSN 0954-0253, E-ISSN 1360-0516, Vol. 23, no 5, 619-634 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present paper explores middle‐class fathers’ educational work by studying how they and their partners are involved in their children’s education at home, in school, and how they investigate school options and make decisions about educational issues. Drawing on data from an ethnographic study of 30 dual‐earner couples in the Greater Los Angeles area, this article analyses how fathers position themselves in relation to discourses on parental involvement in education. In order to demonstrate the variety of ways fathers are involved three case studies are presented. It is illustrated how the men, by drawing on a discourse on involved fatherhood, position themselves in line with an ideal of parental involvement in education. Fathers who are doing less educational work than their spouses offer accounts for not taking a greater educational responsibility by drawing on a breadwinner discourse or by depicting mothers as gatekeepers of father involvement.

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2011. Vol. 23, no 5, 619-634 p.
Keyword [en]
educational work, involvement, fatherhood, men, masculinity, homework, division of labour
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Gender Studies Sociology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-70233DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2010.527829ISI: 000295398300007OAI: diva2:437069
Available from: 2011-08-26 Created: 2011-08-26 Last updated: 2012-03-01

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