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Lecture 9

SOCB49H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Analytical Review, Underemployment, Reproductive Labor


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOCB49H3
Professor
Ph
Lecture
9

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SOCB49
LECTURE 6
FATHERHOOD
Two thorny issues;
Reproductive labor and domestic violence
-Reproductive labor is essential to sustain the society
-It is a thorny issue b/c in heterosexual relationships men still don’t share the work of the
reproductive labor
Excerpts from Obama’s letter
-His father was absent in his childhood
-Physically producing a child is not enough to be a father
KEY ISSUES REGARDING FATHERHOOD
Where have the fathers gone?
-In Obama’s case, his father was absent during his childhood
What do fathers actually do?
What does fatherhood mean?
How is fathering different from mothering?
-Intensive mothering (fathers role in this)
How is the detached, breadwinner notion of fatherhood transformed or perpetuated?
-Notion of breadwinner has long been aspired by both men and women
What does fatherhood mean? To himself, his partner, child/ren?
How is fatherhood interconnected to masculinity?
EMERGING TRENDS
Increases in labor force participation of women with young children;
-Women left the force for child rearing but returned after
-No longer completely shouldered by a stay home mom
Increases in stay-at-home fathers (25% from 1992 to 2002)
-Shift b/w conventional stay at home mothers to stay at home fathers
-Mother = breadwinner
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