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I just think something like the “Bubs and Pubs” class is what men should be having’: Paternal subjectivities and preparing for first-time fatherhood in Australia and the United Kingdom


Miller, T and Nash, M, I just think something like the 'Bubs and Pubs' class is what men should be having': Paternal subjectivities and preparing for first-time fatherhood in Australia and the United Kingdom, Journal of Sociology, 53, (3) pp. 541-556. ISSN 1440-7833 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1440783316667638


Increasingly in international research and popular media a growing interest in men and fatherhood is discernible. These changes occur as other aspects of the socio-economic world shift, necessitating the need to re-address how caring and paid work responsibilities are configured and practised. However, interest in men’s experiences as fathers has emerged in ways which reflect cultural assumptions and practices associated with dominant understandings of masculinities. Consequently, research on and evidence of changing behaviours has been culturally and geographically uneven. In this paper, two qualitative studies are drawn upon to examine how men living in Australia and the UK engage in/narrate experiences of preparation for first-time fatherhood. These studies compare men’s in-depth accounts of preparing for first-time fatherhood in cultures where understandings of masculinities overlap, but where differences are also discernible. The findings illuminate the ways in which biology, gender, temporality and histories of masculinities frame men’s preparation activities and service provision.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fatherhood, gender, masculinity, pregnancy, Tasmania, United Kingdom
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social Change
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
UTAS Author:Nash, M (Dr Meredith Nash)
ID Code:111644
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-09-27
Last Modified:2017-11-29

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