Since 1997, child welfare services have been faced with new demands to engage fathers or develop father-inclusive services. This book emerges from work by the author as a researcher and educator over many years on the issues posed by this agenda for child welfare practitioners in a variety of contexts.
In locating fathers, fathering and fatherhood within a historical and social landscape, the book addresses issues seldom taken up in practice settings. It explores diversity and complexity in fathering in different disciplines such as psychoanalysis, sociology and psychology and analyses contemporary developments in social policies and welfare practices. The author employs a feminist perspective to highlight the opportunities and dangers in contemporary developments for those wishing to advance gender equity.
A key strength of the book is its inter-disciplinary focus. It will be required reading for students, graduate and postgraduate, of social work, social policy, sociology and child and family studies. Academic researchers will also find the book invaluable because of its breadth of scholarship.
Current family policy approaches emphasise the significance of paternal involvement in children’s lives, yet there has been a silence on violent and abusive fathering in these discourses. This is the first UK book to specifically focus on violent fathering discussing original research in the context of domestic violence and emerging practice literature to address this problem.
The book examines fathers’ perceptions of their domestic violence and its impact on children, their relationships with children and their parenting practices. It will be of interest to academics and professionals in family and child welfare policy, socio-legal studies, social work, criminology and other disciplines with an interest in domestic violence and child protection.
In this exciting book, leading fatherhood scholars from Europe and Scandinavia offer unique insights into how to research fathers and fatherhood in contemporary society.
Outlining research methods in detail, including examples of large scale studies, online research, surveys and visual and aural methods, they explore how each approach worked in practice, what the benefits and pitfalls were, and what the wider and future application of the chosen research methods might be.
Covering a wide range of subjects from non-resident fathers to father engagement in child protection, this major contribution to the field also critiques and addresses the notion that fathers, especially young fathers, can be ‘hard to reach’. Essential reading for both students and policy makers in a fast-growing area of interest.
Fatherhood is in transition and being challenged by often contradictory forces: societal mandates to be both an active father and provider, men’s own wish to be more involved with their children, and the institutional arrangements in which fathers work and live. This book explores these phenomena in the context of cross-national policies and their relation to the daily childcare practices of fathers. It presents the current state of knowledge on father involvement with young children in six countries from different welfare state regimes with unique policies related to parenting in general and fathers in particular: Finland, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, the UK and the USA.
This chapter discusses the author’s own exploratory, qualitative UK
research with 20 domestically violent fathers. Overall the study aimed
to look at fathers’ own perspectives on their violence, its impact on
their relationships with children and their parenting practices. The need
for such research was highlighted by the fact that there were no other
UK studies that specifically interrogated violent perpetrators’ views of
themselves as fathers. The policy context also demonstrated a lack of
High unemployment, one of the major characteristics of the economic crisis that hit Spain in 2008, affected men more intensely than women during the recession. In 2015 when this research was conducted, 624,900 males between the ages of 30 and 39 were unemployed in Spain. Under those circumstances, as the number of households with an unemployed male and a woman with paid work rose significantly ( Moreno Mínguez, 2015 ), many men began to care for their children alone on most working days.
The literature shows that although fathers who care for
Anna Tarrant’s revealing research explores the dynamics of men’s caring responsibilities in low-income families’ lives.
The book draws on pioneering multigenerational research to examine men’s involvement in care for their families. It interrogates how this is affected by the resources available and the constraints upon them, considering intersections of gender, generation and work, as well as the impact of austerity and welfare support.
Illuminating aspects of care within economic hardship that often go unseen, it deepens our understanding of masculinities and family life and the policies and practices that support or undermine men’s participation.
Over recent years, the concept of ‘involved fathering’ has gained widespread cultural acceptance, across many different national contexts ( Dermott, 2009 ; Chelsey, 2011 ). Indeed, there is now a reasonable consensus among both policy-makers and researchers that when fathers take on substantial caring responsibilities, both family life and the wellbeing of children can be enhanced, while such practices also help to address gender gaps in earnings and status ( Chelsey 2011 ). However, although there is evidence that fathers are more involved in