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Contemporary fatheringTheory, policy and practice$
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Brid Featherstone

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349880

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349880.001.0001

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Contemporary social policies

Contemporary social policies

(p.127) Eight Contemporary social policies
Contemporary fathering

Brid Featherstone

Policy Press

The last decade has seen a limited focus on men as fathers within a wide-ranging project emphasising the importance of investing in children. There has been an array of developments in relation to strengthening the responsibilities of birth fathers and some opening up of possibilities for social fathering through legislation. There have been moves towards supporting both mothers and fathers in sharing care, although these are limited and do not seem concerned to promote gender equity. This chapter identifies the key developments in policies, analysing their rationale and, where possible, identifying effects. A brief attempt is made to locate such developments within a wider international context.

Keywords:   fathers, social fathering, social policy, child care, gender equity

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