Fathers and Parenting

Colin Shaw, Maria Lohan, Noel Richardson

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The aim of this chapter is to present a contextual and empirical account of men as fathers in Ireland along with an analysis of recent, relevant developments in policies and laws. Much of parenting of a child occurs in the home. Consequently, how couples inhabit the home greatly influences how their children experience childhood and, in many ways, the story of fatherhood in Ireland is the product of the on-going changes in the domestic sphere. Whether men are driving these changes, embracing or resisting them will provide the substance of much of this chapter. Section one presents basic demographic figures and trends based on census data to answer the questions: who are the fathers, what type of families do the live in and how involved are they in childcare? Section two presents recent research on contemporary fatherhood, both international and, where possible, national. Section three explores the policies and legal measures that affect fathers, their duties and their rights in the home and at work. Section four will discuss the historical legacy of fatherhood that is particular to Ireland. The final section will draw together these threads and ask what might be the future of fatherhood in Ireland, its challenges and possible successes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning on the Job: Parenting in Modern Ireland
EditorsColm O'Doherty, Ashling Jackson
PublisherOak Tree Press, Dublin
ISBN (Electronic)9781781191880, 9781781191996
ISBN (Print)9781781191873
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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