Understanding discursive barriers to involved fatherhood: the case of Australian stay-at-home fathers

  title={Understanding discursive barriers to involved fatherhood: the case of Australian stay-at-home fathers},
  author={Emily Stevens},
  journal={Journal of Family Studies},
  pages={22 - 37}
  • Emily Stevens
  • Published 2 January 2015
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Family Studies
Western societies are argued to be experiencing a shift to ‘involved’ models of fatherhood, and representations of stay-at-home fathers are becoming increasingly commonplace in the popular media, which plays a role in discursively producing ideal versions of fatherhood. Policymakers are simultaneously seeking to disrupt engrained gendered assumptions around parenthood in order to accomplish a gender egalitarian division of labour. I adopt a Foucauldian discourse analysis to uncover the… 
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