What is "new" about fatherhood? The social construction of fatherhood in France and the UK

Abigail Gregory, Susan Milner

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This article reviews the way that fatherhood is constructed in the public discourse and more broadly in the public sphere in the UK and France by examining (1) the fatherhood regime and its influence on the construction of fatherhood in the two countries; (2) gender attitudes and parenting roles; and (3) popular images of fatherhood, particularly as represented in women’s and men’s magazines in France and in the UK. The authors explore to what extent ‘‘new’’ features of fatherhood in the two countries are reflected in its public representation and how this representation is influenced by national fatherhood regimes and notably social policy. The authors find that ‘‘new fatherhood’’ is finding its way into popular representations of fatherhood in both countries, but that cultural products tend to be conservative in their representations and reinforce existing stereotypes rather than innovative in representations of gender relations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)588-606
Number of pages19
JournalMen and Masculinities
Issue number5
Early online date5 Jul 2011
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011



  • Childhood and youth

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