Fatherhood and the British Fathercraft Movement, 1919–39

@article{Fisher2005FatherhoodAT,
  title={Fatherhood and the British Fathercraft Movement, 1919–39},
  author={Tim Tim Fisher},
  journal={Gender \& History},
  year={2005},
  volume={17}
}
  • T. Fisher
  • Published 1 August 2005
  • History
  • Gender & History
Fathercraft and Fathers' Councils ‐ male adjuncts to Maternity and Infant Welfare Centres ‐ reacted to the maternal dominance in infant welfare and parenting in interwar Britain by arguing that fathers should play a crucial role in the upbringing of children. This article outlines how rigid ideas about the 'public' and 'private' spheres meant that education schemes for fathers had to be explicitly and recognisably 'masculine' and were often focused on public functions that reinforced a man's… 
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