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The History of Fatherhood in Norway, 1850-2012 (Global Masculinities)

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The last two decades have seen a significant revolution in fatherhood in Norway and the Nordic countries. Statutory paternity leave has been introduced, men write books about how wonderful it is to be a father, Prime Ministers are photographed holding their babies, new websites are continually appearing for fathers , and most importantly, statistics show that the average man now participates in the care of his children in a completely different way than previously. Fathers seem to have a real desire to take their place in the home, and to be with their families and children.The first study of its kind, this book traces 150 years of the history of fatherhood in Scandinavia and shows how Scandinavian gender equality policy has important implications for the rest of the world. Among other interesting findings, Jørgen Lorentzen reveals that the modern-day rise in equality fathering can be traced back to the 19th century. Ultimately, the main aim of this study is to offer an understanding of fatherhood; how those who wrote, wrote about it, and what their texts can tell us about the changes in the thinking that surrounded this absolutely vital subject.

Synopsis:

The first study of its kind, this book traces 150 years of the history of fatherhood in Scandinavia and shows how Scandinavian gender equality policy has important implications for the rest of the world. Among other interesting findings, Lorentzen reveals that the modern-day rise in equality fathering can be traced back to the 19th century.

About the Author

Jørgen Lorentzen is a Professor at the Center for Gender Research at University of Oslo, Norway. He has written several books and articles within the field of gender theory, cultural studies, literary analysis and masculinities, most recently Män i Norden: Manlighet och modernitet 1840-1940 [Nordic Men: Manliness and Modernity, 1840-1940]; Kjønnsforskning. En grunnbok [Gender Studies: An Introduction], and Maskulinitet [Masculinity]. He has been the project leader of several research projects, an active participant in gender debates all over the world, and a frequent speaker on issues relating to gender and masculinities.

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I: 1850-1927

1. The Patriarchal Father at the Hearth

2. Separate Spheres

3. Father's Involvement During the Birth

4. Father as the Dearest Company

5. The Home as Man's Refuge

6. Quantity of Time

7. The Distant and Authoritarian father

8. Early Changes in Gendered Relationships

9. Ibsen and Fatherhood

10. The Patriarchal Father

11. The Fallen Father

12. The Loving Father

13. The Father's Declining Presence in the Home

PART II: 1927-1970

14. The Golden Age of the Housewife and the Banishment of the Father from the Home

15. The Era of the Housewife Reaches its Highpoint

16. Optimism about the Future in the Absence of the Father

17. The Father as Laughing Stock

18. Murmurings of Criticism about the Father's Absence

19. Sigurd Hoel's Culturally Pessimistic Family Revolt

20. The Heterosexual Harmony

PART III: 1970-2012

21. The New Father and the Democratization of Intimacy

22. Fatherly Feelings

23. A New Trend - 'Dad books'

24. Men as Humourists

25. Mens' Differences

26. The Similarities in Fathers' Practice

27. Recent Research on Fathers

28. Political Initiative to Strengthen the Father's Nurturing Role

29. Absent Fathers in the Era of Fatherly Intimacy

30. The Great Fatherhood Paradox

31. My Struggle; the Struggle over Fatherhood

32. The Opening

33. Masculine Inadequacy and the Fear of the Feminine

Afterward

Product Details

ISBN:
9781137343376
Author:
Lorentzen, Jorgen
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Author:
Lorentzen, Jorgen Ludvig
Author:
Lorentzen, Jørgen Ludvig
Author:
Lorentzen, Jørgen
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Regional Studies
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Publication Date:
20131131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
202
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Gender Studies » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family
History and Social Science » Sociology » Regional Studies

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The first study of its kind, this book traces 150 years of the history of fatherhood in Scandinavia and shows how Scandinavian gender equality policy has important implications for the rest of the world. Among other interesting findings, Lorentzen reveals that the modern-day rise in equality fathering can be traced back to the 19th century.
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