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Disabled men and fathering: opportunities and constraints

Community, Work & Family

Author: Kilkey, Majella, Clarke, Harriet
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2009


Over the last decade in the UK and elsewhere, fathers have become a visible presence in research and social welfare policy and practice agendas. While there is an increasing awareness of the heterogeneity of fathering contexts and experiences, disability as a dimension of difference among fathers has received little attention. This is so across all relevant bodies of research, including those on fathering, masculinities, disability, and parenting. In this paper, we seek to contribute to filling this gap by exploring the experiences of disabled men in relation to their fathering experiences. We draw on the findings from two qualitative research projects conducted in the UK, one on the experiences of disabled parents (mothers and fathers), the other on the experiences of disabled fathers. The findings suggest that the experience of impairment and disability positions men in relation to fathering in ways which can be both constraining of their fathering practices, as well as opportunistic in terms of re-articulating more ?traditional? fathering identities and practices. We suggest that while disability intersects with other important social divisions, there is a need for further research focused on the shared experiences of disabled fathers, particularly to inform family and child welfare policy and practice agendas.

Further Details

Publish Dates: 2010/05/01
Full Title: Community, Work & Family
Pages: 127-146
Volume: 13
Issue: 2
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN/ISSN: 1366-8803
Electronic Resource Number: 10.1080/13668800902923738
Access Date: 2013/05/28
Reads: 156