Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences

The New Politics of Fatherhood

Men's Movements and Masculinities

Authors: Jordan, Ana

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  • Critically examines the nature and importance of men’s movements from a feminist perspective
  • Draws on interviews with fathers’ rights activists 
  • Provides original analyses of material produced by ‘feminist’, ‘postfeminist’, and ‘backlash’ men’s groups
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Ana Jordan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK.

Reviews

“This important, timely and insightful book redraws the terrain of contemporary studies of men’s movements and the production of masculinities. It is meticulously researched, theoretically sophisticated in its approach yet written throughout in an engaging and accessible style. Appealing to a wide readership across disciplines it makes a significant contribution not just to critical studies of men and masculinities but also, via the fascinating empirical component,  a growing body of international scholarship exploring the politics of fatherhood. Adding a new dimension to understandings of how men’s movements navigate changing gender discourses, this is interdisciplinary scholarship at its best, a fascinating and thought-provoking work that deserves to be widely read by all interested in the contemporary politics of gender.” (Richard Collier, University of Newcastle, UK)

“Ana Jordan’s The New Politics of Fatherhood makes an important and erudite contribution to the reappraisal of masculinities in political and social theory, engaging with key contemporary examples of men's activism. This book is a key resource for those interested in masculinities and social movements in theoretical and empirical terms.” (Daniel Conway, University of Westminster, UK)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-30

    Jordan, Ana

  • Gender, Social Movements and the Politics of Backlash

    Pages 31-68

    Jordan, Ana

  • Masculinities, Crisis and Men’s Movements

    Pages 69-121

    Jordan, Ana

  • Feminist Men’s Movements: The White Ribbon Campaign (UK) and the Dilemmas of Feminist Men

    Pages 123-163

    Jordan, Ana

  • Postfeminist Men’s Movements: The Campaign Against Living Miserably and Male Suicide as ‘Crisis’

    Pages 165-191

    Jordan, Ana

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72,79 € (listprice)
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Softcover 25,99 €
51,99 € (listprice)
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valid through December 31, 2020

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The New Politics of Fatherhood
Book Subtitle
Men's Movements and Masculinities
Authors
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31498-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-31498-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-36537-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-59593-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 310
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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