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ERIC Number: ED427275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Disrupting Dominant Discourses about Paternal Participation.
Brownson, Chris
It is clear that the impact of paternal participation on children is overwhelmingly positive. Despite the benefits, men still lag behind women as equal and responsible contributors in childcare although their participation is increasing. This paper focuses on why men are not more involved in childcare and recognizes the ways in which "dominant discourses" influence men's participation in parenting. To understand the choices men make about their involvement in childcare, it is necessary to understand the impact of the predominant attitude that men and women are essentially opposite from one another. The themes that grow out of the dominant discourse of "men and women as opposites" are examined and challenged as they relate to men and women defining their roles as parents. A model is provided which conceptualizes the relationship between dominant discourses and men's participation in parenting. This model uses dominant discourses as its basis to explain how men are discouraged from being equally participatory parents, how fathers' decisions about their involvement affect the perpetuation of these discourses, and how alternate discourses can be used to challenge the dominant discourses. (Contains 22 references.) (Author/EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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