Men, Caregiving and the Media: The Dad Dilemma

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Analysing diverse media representations of men who provide primary care to their children, this book demonstrates how the practice of fatherhood - and of masculinity - is changing, and the ways media representations sensationalise and reinforce gender inequities in regards to carework. This book examines disparities between practices of carework amongst heterosexual couples and media representations of men who provide primary care, whilst also including a discussion of media accounts of primary caregiving amongst gay couples. The book also provides a detailed analysis of the relationship between care labor and public understandings of masculinity. Assessing whether media accounts of fathers who provide primary care undermine egalitarian approaches to the division of labor amongst heterosexual couples, this book is a vital intervention into public discourse about masculinity, fathering and caregiving. This book will an important resource for students, researchers, educators and practitioners as it brings together a range of in-depth literatures, and empirical analyses to provide a clear overview of contemporary fathering. It will be essential reading in the fields of gender studies and masculinity studies, together with sociology of families, cultural studies, social psychology and social policy.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
Number of pages128
ISBN (Electronic)9780429455476
ISBN (Print)9781138316751
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameInterdisciplinary Research in Gender

Bibliographical note

From the Acknowledgements page (page xi):

An earlier version of Chapter 3 was published and appears here with permission from SAGE: Hunter, C., Riggs, D.W, & Augoustinos, M. Constructions of primary caregiving fathers in popular parenting texts. Men and Masculinities pp. 1-20. Copyright © [2017] (Copyright Holder). doi: 10.1177/1097184X17730593

An earlier version of Chapter 4 was published and appears here with permission from SAGE: Hunter, S.C., Riggs, D.W, & Feo, R. Australian News Media constructions and categorisations of primary caregiving fathers. Discourse and
Society (Volume 30 and Issue Number 6) pp. 622-635. Copyright © [2019]
(Copyright Holder). doi: 10.1177 /0957926519870045

An earlier version of Chapter 5 as published and appears here with permission from Cambridge Scholars Press: Bartholomaeus, C., & Riggs, D.W (2016).
Homonormativity in representations of gay fathers on television: Reproductive
citizenship, gender, and intimacy. In R. Garrett, T. Jensen & A. Voela (Eds.) We
need to talk about family: Essays on neoliberalism, the family, and popular culture. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press. Copyright© [2016] (Copyright Holder).


  • Caregiving
  • Caregiving and gender
  • Media representation
  • father involvement


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