Men, Fathering and the Gender Trap: Sweden and Poland Compared (Hardcover)

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This book provides an account of fatherhood and changing parental roles in Sweden and Poland. It uses a comparative perspective to show what men understand a father's role to be, and how they seek to live up to it. Fathering, the author argues, is a social phenomenon grounded in cultural patterns of parenting, gender roles and models of masculinity, and also shaped by family policy. Being a father today, she demonstrates, is longer connected solely with being the main breadwinner. Rather, it has become increasingly common for fathers to take on duties traditionally regarded as the domain of women. This means that men often face conflicting expectations based on different models of fatherhood. The aim of this thought-provoking book is to track these models, analysing their origins and their consequences for gender order. It will appeal to students and scholars of gender studies, the sociology of families and social policy studies.

About the Author

Katarzyna Suwada is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Sociology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland. Her research interests focus on family life, gender roles and masculinity.

Product Details
ISBN: 9783319477817
ISBN-10: 3319477811
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: March 6th, 2017
Pages: 315
Language: English