Making Men into Fathers: Men, Masculinities and the Social Politics of Fatherhood / Edition 1

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Prominent scholars in gender studies and the critical studies of men consider herein how varied institutional settings and policy influence the development of new models of fatherhood, and determine choices. The authors provide new insights from different historical and societal perspectives into the studies of men as gendered subjects, including the role of transnational and global issues on the practices of fatherhood, and the emergence of men's movements in contesting and reimaging fatherhood.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[T]his is an excellent anthology...This book will be essential reading for scholars of the welfare state and social policy. However, it will also be extremely valuable in graduate courses on social policy, family, and gender." American Journal of Sociology

"This volume is a valuable complement to the expanding body of fatherhood scholarship." Journal of Marriage and Family

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521006125
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Hobson is a Professor of Sociology and holds a chair in Sociology and Gender Studies at Stockholm University. She is a director of the Advanced Research School in Comparative Gender Studies, a program for international research exchange and advanced doctoral studies. Barbara Hobson is both the founding and current editor of Social Politics: International Studies of Gender, State, and Society, published by Oxford University Press and is the Vice President of the Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare, and Social Policy (RC 19 of the International Sociological Association'. Barbara Hobson has published numerous articles on gender and welfare states on the themes of gender and citizenship, including women's agency and welfare state formation, solo mothers, and women's economic dependency in the family. Her current research and publications address (1) gender and economic citizenship within the framework of the European Union; and (2) social movements in trans-national policy arena. Her most recent book publications include an edited collection, Gender and Citizenship in Transition published by Macmillan Press and a coedited collection, Contested Concepts. Gender and Social Politics. The Fatherhood project, from which Making Men into Fathers emerged, was one of several international projects from an extensive research program grant, which was awarded to Barbara Hobson from the Centennial Fund of the Bank of Sweden. Another book from the project will be published in 2002: Recognition Struggles: Gender, Class, and Race/Ethnic Identities and the Frames of Citizenship.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Introduction: making men into fathers 1
Pt. 1 Who fathers?
1 Coresidential paternal roles in industrialized countries: Sweden, Hungary and the United States 25
Pt. 2 Men in social policy and the logics of cash and care
2 Citizens, workers or fathers? Men in the history of US social policy 61
3 Compulsory fatherhood: the coding of fatherhood in the Swedish welfare state 92
4 The problem of fathers: policy and behavior in Britain 125
5 A new role for fathers? The German case 150
6 Transformations of fatherhood: the Netherlands 168
Pt. 3 Resisting and reclaiming fatherhood
7 Making sense of fatherhood: the non-payment of child support in Spain 191
8 The Fatherhood Responsibility Movement: the centrality of marriage, work and male sexuality in reconstructions of masculinity and fatherhood 213
Pt. 4 Theorizing men, masculinities and fatherhood
9 Men, fathers and the state: national and global relations 245
10 Epilogue 273
Notes 287
References 295
Index 323
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