Hegemonic masculinity versus a caring masculinity: Implications for understanding primary caregiving fathers

Sarah Hunter, Damien Riggs, Martha Augoustinos

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    Abstract

    Recently, there has been a growing interest in what is positioned as a new form of masculinity arising from the increase in fathers as primary caregivers. This new form is referred to as a “caring masculinity” and is theorised as a radical shift away from traditional or hegemonic forms of masculinity. This paper critically examines the fathering literature, focusing specifically on how primary caregiving fathers navigate social norms with regard to masculinity. The paper concludes that there is a complex interplay between expectations of a traditional, provider father and a new and involved father. It is argued that ideas surrounding a caring masculinity are better understood as a broadening of hegemonic masculinity, rather than an entirely new or distinct form.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere12307
    Number of pages9
    JournalSocial and Personality Psychology Compass
    Volume11
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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