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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Different classes, different fathers?
Author(s) Plantin, Lars
Date 2007-02
English abstract
This article discusses how social class and different economic conditions influence men’s parenting. The article is based on a qualitative study of 30 Swedish couples who live together with their biological children. The study shows that, despite the generosity of the Swedish welfare state and family subsidies, both internal and external economic conditions affect the way men construct their fatherhood. This was shown mostly clearly in the couples’ discussions around parental leave where parents under economic pressure often distributed the leave in a gender-traditional way. It was also apparent how traditional class-patterns and structures still have a strong influence on today’s parenthood. Fathers in working-class households often saw fatherhood as creating meaning in their lives and saw the process of becoming a parent as an explicit aspiration to establish something "natural", well-known and predictable. Fathers in middle-class households, on the other hand, considered fatherhood as something new, a reflexive project or a opportunity to develop their identity and to get to know new sides of themselves. In practice, these different ways of creating meaning in fatherhood are illustrated by the finding that working-class fathers tend to take up fewer parental leave days and uphold more traditional patterns of family life than fathers in middle-class households.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13668800601110835 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Host/Issue Community, work & Family;10
ISSN 1366-8803
Pages 93-110
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) fatherhood
class
parenthood
Sweden
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS::Gender studies
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/4600 (link to this page)

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