Making Sense of Fatherhood

Gender, Caring and Work


As family and work demands become more complex, who is left holding the baby? Tina Miller explores men's experiences of fatherhood and provides unique insights into paternal caring, changing masculinities and men's relations to paid work. She focuses on the narratives of a group of men as they first anticipate and then experience fatherhood for the first time. Her original, longitudinal research contributes to contemporary theories of gender against a backdrop of societal and policy change. The men's journeys into fatherhood are both similar and varied, and they illuminate just how deeply gender permeates individual lives, everyday practices and societal assumptions around caring for young children. This book acts as a companion to Making Sense of Motherhood (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and, together, these innovative studies reveal how gendered practices around caring become enacted.
  • Cambridge University Press; November 2010
  • ISBN 9780511911385
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  • Title: Making Sense of Fatherhood
  • Author: Tina Miller
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

'First time fathers' expectations of what fathering might mean for them are translated into practices in the context of gendered normative constraints. Throughout this book gender theory and practice are skilfully interwoven resulting in new insights into how change in gender roles might happen.' Ulla Bjornberg, Gothenburg University