Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Tina Miller's new book 'Making Sense of Fatherhood: Gender, Caring and Work' published by Cambridge University Press

Thursday, 10 March 2011

As family and work demands become more complex, who is left holding the baby? Tina Miller explores men's experiences of fatherhood and provides unique insights into paternal caring, changing masculinities and men's relations to paid work. She focuses on the narratives of a group of men as they first anticipate and then experience fatherhood for the first time. Her original, longitudinal research contributes to contemporary theories of gender against a backdrop of societal and policy change. The men's journeys into fatherhood are both similar and varied, and they illuminate just how deeply gender permeates individual lives, everyday practices and societal assumptions around caring for young children. This book acts as a companion to Making Sense of Motherhood (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and, together, these innovative studies reveal how gendered practices around caring become enacted. Andrea Doucet, Professor of Sociology, Carleton University, Canada, gave the following review: Building on her previous outstanding work on narratives of new mothering, Tina Miller's book on new fatherhood fully establishes her as a leading international scholar and expert on gendered transitions into parenthood for both women and men. This book, rooted in beautifully detailed ethnographic and longitudinal research, makes a major contribution to fathering scholarship. It will appeal to scholars and researchers in the social sciences, policy makers, NGOs working with gender issues, and- of course - to new fathers and mothers who will appreciate, and learn from, these honest stories of transition and change in the lives of new fathers.. http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521743013