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Constructing Fatherhood
Discourses and Experiences



August 1997 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`It is a very impressive book. Its coverage of contemporary discourses of fatherhood is comprehensive. The theoretical stance is one that allows for complexity and fluidity. The authors write well, making even esoteric sociological and cultural theory accessible. I recommend it' - British Journal of Social Work

Constructing Fatherhood provides an analysis of the social, cultural and symbolic meanings of fatherhood in contemporary western societies. The authors draw on poststructuralist theory to analyze the representation of fatherhood in the `expert' literature of psychology, sociology and the health sciences, and in popular sources such as television, film, advertisements and child-care and parenting manuals and magazines. Men's own accounts of first-time fatherhood are also drawn upon, including four individual case studies.

 
Theorizing Fatherhood
Poststructuralist Perspectives  
 
`Expert' Discourses and the Construction of Fatherhood
 
Fatherhood in the Popular Media
 
Biographies of Fatherhood
 
Negotiating Fatherhood
Discourses and Experiences  

`A very impressive book. Its coverage of contemporary discourses of fatherhood is comprehensive. The theoretical stance is one that allows for complexity and fluidity. The authors write well, making even esoteric sociological and cultural theory accessible. I recommend it, in particular, to child and family social workers or to those engaged in the study of this area of work, since constructions of mothering and fathering are so central to its occupational culture' - British Journal of Social Work

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Deborah Lupton

Deborah Lupton is an independent sociologist. She was formerly Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies at Charles Sturt University, Australia. More About Author

Lesley Barclay

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