'Dads aren't demons. Mums aren't madonnas.' Constructions of fatherhood and masculinities in the (real) Fathers 4 Justice campaign

Jordan, Ana (2009) 'Dads aren't demons. Mums aren't madonnas.' Constructions of fatherhood and masculinities in the (real) Fathers 4 Justice campaign. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 31 (4). pp. 419-433. ISSN 0964-9069

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Abstract

Constructions of fatherhood are key signifiers of masculinity/ies and, in the context of a new politics of fatherhood, these constructions have been articulated in opposition both to motherhood and femininity/ies and to ideas of the ‘deadbeat dad’ (Collier 2006, Gavanas 2004, Kaye and Tolmie 1998). The fathers’ rights movement has contributed to this redefinition of fatherhood. In the case of the UK group, Fathers 4 Justice, the central message is that ‘Dads aren’t Demons [and] Mums aren’t Madonnas’ fathers-4-justice.org). The paper draws on in-depth interviews conducted with members of the fathers’ rights group, Real Fathers for Justice/Fathers 4 Justice, to explore and illustrate the conceptions of fatherhood underpinning the campaign. My analysis of the interviews suggests that there is indeed an anxiety to distinguish ‘good’ from ‘bad’ fathers and also to underline the need for fathers by highlighting the existence of ‘bad’
mothers. In addition, conceptions of the good father expressed in the interviews can be further subdivided into the ‘nurturing father’, the ‘father as superhero’ and the ‘good enough father’.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Fathers 4 Justice, Real Fathers 4 Justice, masculinities, Fatherhood, fathers' rights groups, men's rights groups, men's movements
Subjects:L Social studies > L322 Men's Studies
L Social studies > L200 Politics
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
L Social studies > L216 Feminism
L Social studies > L380 Political Sociology
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:3529
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:27 Oct 2010 20:37
Last Modified:04 Dec 2013 20:48

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