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A Hard Time to Be a Father?: Reassessing the Relationship Between Law, Policy, and Family (Practices)

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Abstract:

This article seeks to unpack the way in which a constellation of ideas around what it means to speak of ‘good fatherhood’ has come to inform a series of debates, after the election of the New Labour government in 1997, around the content and contours of paternal responsibility. Via a focus on family law and recent developments around the idea of ‘work-life’ balance, it discusses the concepts underpinning present debates. In questioning the still-powerful (if frequently unspoken) influence of social constructionist ideas of sex/gender, it explores and question how men's ‘family practices’ have been understood.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-6478.00201

Publication date: 2001-12-01

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