The ‘New’ Politics of Fatherhood: Men’s Movements and Masculinities

Jordan, Ana (2019) The ‘New’ Politics of Fatherhood: Men’s Movements and Masculinities. Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences . Palgrave. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

This book makes a unique contribution to contemporary research into masculinities, men’s movements, and fathers’ rights groups. It examines the role of changing masculinities in creating equality and/or reinforcing inequality by analysing diverse men’s movements, their politics, and the identities they (re)construct. Jordan advances a typology for categorising men’s movements (‘feminist’, ‘postfeminist’, and ‘backlash’ movements) and addresses debates over the construction of ‘masculinity-in-crisis’, arguing that ‘crisis’ is frequently invoked in problematic ways. These themes are further explored through original analyses of material produced by ‘feminist’, ‘postfeminist’, and ‘backlash’ men’s groups. The main empirical contribution of the book draws on interviews with fathers’ rights activists to explore the (gendered) implications of the ‘new’ politics of fatherhood. The nuanced examination of fathers’ rights perspectives reveals multiple, complex narratives of masculinity, fatherhood, and gender politics. The cumulative effect of these is, at best, postfeminist and depoliticising, and, at worst, another vitriolic ‘backlash’. The New Politics of Fatherhood expands scholarly understandings of gender, masculinities, and social movements in the under-researched UK context, and will appeal to readers with interests in these areas.

Keywords:Masculinities, Fatherhood, Gender, Men's Rights Groups, Men's Movements, Feminist Men's Movements, Postfeminism, Fathers' Rights Groups, Social Movements
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
L Social studies > L380 Political Sociology
L Social studies > L210 Political Theories
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
L Social studies > L216 Feminism
L Social studies > L322 Men's Studies
L Social studies > L321 Women's Studies
L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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ID Code:36085
Deposited On:03 Jun 2019 09:27

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