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A discourse of ‘we’: gendered subjectivities and caregiving in UK ‘stay-at-home-dads’

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Using a critical social psychological lens, this current work presents a critical discursive analysis from a research project on stay-at-home dads in the UK. Stay-At-Home-Dads are an apparent growing phenomena within the UK with more fathers reportedly taking on the primary caregiving role. Reporting on interviews with fathers who had become the primary caregiver for their children, the analysis uncovered a discourse of ‘we’. That is, whilst the fathers were performing the majority of the childcare, when it came to discussions around their families and decision making in their parenting roles, the fathers talked in a discourse of partnership and joint decision making with their breadwinning partners. The paper explores this partnership discourse in more detail, relating it to parenting norms and gendered subjectivities. As social policy towards parenting evolves towards ideals of ‘shared parenting’, an in-depth understanding of caregiving fathers is an important task.

This talk is part of the Social and Developmental Psychology (SDP) Seminar Series series.

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