Global Masculinities

Balancing Work and Family in a Changing Society

The Fathers' Perspective

Authors: Ruspini, Elisabetta, Crespi, Isabella

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Both research and policy on balancing work and family life have tended to focus on mothers' lives. There has been a general lack of comparative research to the complex intersection between old and new forms of masculinity; and between fatherhood, work-life balance, gender relations and children's well-being. As a result, men's fathering roles and their struggle with work-life balance have often been neglected. These cultural challenges should be better theorized within family and social policy research. This volume examines how fathers fulfill their roles both within the family and at work and what institutional support could be of most benefit to them in combining these roles.

About the authors

Isabella Crespi is Associate Professor in Cultural sociology at the University of Macerata, Italy.

Elisabetta Ruspini is Senior Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.

Reviews

“Twelve essays explore the changing ideals and experiences for men around fatherhood and employment. The scope is vast, covering the experience of fatherhood in countries around the globe. … Some of the chapters are reviews and assessments of existing research, while others present new analyses and theories. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (S. K. Gallagher, Choice, Vol. 54 (6), February, 2017) 


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Editors’ Introduction: Men, Fathers, and Work-Family Balance—An Exploration across Continents

    Crespi, Isabella (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Changing Fatherhood and Fathering across Cultures toward Convergence in Work-Family Balance: Divergent Progress or Stalemate?

    Seward, Rudy Ray (et al.)

    Pages 13-31

  • “The Choice Was Made for Us”: Stat-at-Home Dads and Relationalities of Work and Care in Canada and the United States

    Doucet, Andrea

    Pages 33-47

  • Institutional Context of Childcare and Fathering Practices in Western and Central-Eastern Europe: The Case of Poland and Germany

    Teisseyre, Piotr

    Pages 49-62

  • Changing Family Models: Emerging New Opportunities for Fathers in Catalonia (Spain)?

    Flaquer, Lluís (et al.)

    Pages 65-81

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Balancing Work and Family in a Changing Society
Book Subtitle
The Fathers' Perspective
Authors
Series Title
Global Masculinities
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53354-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137533548
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59527-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 229
Topics