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Adhering to the conventional sequence: men’s accounts of first-time fatherhood

Shirani, Fiona Jane, Yang, Peidong and Mannay, Dawn 2009. Adhering to the conventional sequence: men’s accounts of first-time fatherhood. [Working Paper]. Working Paper Series: Postgraduate Café Papers, vol. 126. Cardiff: Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Available at: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/resources/wp126.pdf

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Abstract

This article considers the timing of the transition to first-time fatherhood and its position in the life course. Based on semi-structured interviews with thirty expectant fathers, I explore their experiences of timing, such as notions of ‘right time’ and perceptions of necessary pre-requisites to fatherhood. Subsequently I consider off-time transitions and the impact this has on the men’s experience of fatherhood. Whilst the majority of men in the sample appeared to follow a standardised life course trajectory, those who did not generally experienced the transition to parenthood as more problematic. Therefore I suggest that timing in relation to a standardised life course trajectory has a significant impact on how transitions are experienced, highlighting how foregrounding aspects of temporality in research can offer greater insight into participants’ life experiences.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Publisher: Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
ISBN: 9781904815891
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:41
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/25010

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