Care, Care Work and the Struggle for a Careful World from the Perspective of the Sociology of Masculinities
In our input we discuss the aspect, that in contrast to feminist theories, masculinities theories barely theorizes care and care work. Fatherhood for instance is neither included in Connells concept of hegemonic masculinity nor in Bourdieu’s male domination. We would like to investigate in which way men and the construction of masculinities are affected by ongoing restructuring processes. Therefore, we focus on Eastern and Western Europe. For example, how remaining men and children handle the results of female care chains. We will put a sociologically founded concept of masculine generativity as a basis for discussion, which we developed referring to Erikson and King. We will discuss to which extent this can be a useful theoretical concept for the research of these and similar phenomenon. We question if, and what kinds of non-hegemonic forms of masculinity exist and whether they integrate aspects of care and care work. Furthermore, who can foster processes to enhance the engagement of male actors towards a careful world?