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By Tina Miller

As relations and paintings calls for develop into extra complicated, who's left protecting the infant? Tina Miller explores men's studies of fatherhood and gives distinct insights into paternal being concerned, altering masculinities and men's family to paid paintings. She specializes in the narratives of a bunch of guys as they first expect after which adventure fatherhood for the 1st time. Her unique, longitudinal learn contributes to modern theories of gender opposed to a backdrop of societal and coverage switch. The men's trips into fatherhood are either comparable and sundry, and so they remove darkness from simply how deeply gender permeates person lives, daily practices and societal assumptions round taking care of youngsters.

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4 Recruiting men into a study to talk about their selves and fatherhood during the period before the birth of their first child was not without challenge (Dermott, 2003). Research has shown that men can feel detached and peripheral to the (embodied) processes of pregnancy that their wives/partners are going through (Draper, 2002a, 2002b; Locock and Alexander, 2006). Other research has noted the (potential) difficulties of getting men to talk in unstructured/semi-structured qualitative research and university ethics approval had also required that potential participants must ‘opt into’ the study.

2006) although trends are complicated by some differences in births occurring outside marriage (Social Trends, 2006). 5 Interview guides which closely resembled those used in the earlier motherhood study were used in each of the in-depth interviews and covered areas such as expectations, practices and perceived individual and societal change, which were revisited in subsequent interviews in order to explore shifts. , Fathers 4 Justice) were taken along to the first interviews as an extra ‘prompt’ if needed: but these were never used.

Exploring the interplay between discourses, expectations, experiences and discursive practices can, then, provide important insights into how different individuals understand and experience fatherhood and engage in fathering practices (or continue not to) in a shifting context. , 2005). They can also be contradictory and experienced in ambivalent ways and thus lead to the production of ‘counter discourses’ (Brannen and Moss, 1991), ‘counter narratives’ (Miller, 2005) and dynamic discursive activity (Miller, 2007).

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