Men, Work and Family life: a study of policy and practice in the UK and Italy


This paper documents the key themes emerging from a collaborative literature review on fatherhood and paid work, undertaken both in the UK and in Italy6. The aims and objectives of the review are to consider what ‘involved fatherhood’ looks like and to identify the main factors that have been found to shape it. These are assessed against the prevalence of gendered structural and ideological constraints, which, on the one hand, bound the concept of ‘involvement’, yet can conceal a much more nuanced, day-to-day reality on the other. The review is a comparative one, as far as this is possible, by evaluating the literature on fatherhood both in the UK and in Italy and is organised according to the themes that were found to be dominant throughout. Much of the literature has a UK focus. In Italy, while there is a growing academic focus on fatherhood, in the context of men and masculinity, the body of literature on this theme is scant compared to that on women and motherhood, and also compared to the international context. In particular, little research has been conducted on fatherhood and paid work: the workplace culture is typically considered from a legislative point of view (Calafà, 2004, 2007).

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Baker, S
Miller, T
Rossi, G
Bosoni, L

Oxford Brookes departments

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences\Department of Social Sciences


Year of publication: 2011
Date of RADAR deposit: 2012-05-30


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