Author Meets Critics: "Fathers on Leave Alone" Edited By Margaret O’Brien and Karin Wall & "Fathering, Masculinity and the Embodiment of Care" By Gillian Ranson
I. Fathers on Leave Alone: Comparative Perspectives on Work-Life Balance and Gender Equality Published by Springer 2016
Margaret O’Brien and Karin Wall (Editors)
Throughout most of the post-war 20th century, entitlement to parental leave was only for mothers. Paternity leave and parental targeted at fathers has gradually become more common place across the world. This book presents new insights into the experiences of fathers taking “home alone leave” in different country policy contexts.
The session will include presentations from the editors and authors from diverse countries across Europe, North America and Japan.
The Ethics of Care and the Radical Potential of Fathers ‘Home Alone on Leave’: Care as Practice, Relational Ontology, and Social Justice
Fathering Alone in Norway: Changes and Continuities
Elin Kvande and Berit Brandth
Fathers on Leave Alone in Portugal: Lived experiences, Diversity and Impact
Karin Wall and Mafalda Leitão
Fathers and Parental/Paternity Leave: the Case of Innovative, Subversive and Activist Fathers in Québec!
Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay and Nadia Lazzari Dodeler
Fathers on Leave Alone in Finland: Negotiations and Lived Experiences
Fathers on Leave Alone in Spain
Gerardo Meil, Pedro Romero-Balsas and Jesús Rogero-García
Toward More Equal Parenthood? Swedish Fathers’ Experiences of Parental Leave
Ann-Zofie Duvander, Linda Haas and Sara Thalberg
Normal Paternal Behaviour? Fatherhood and Parental Leave in Iceland
Ingólfur V. Gíslason
Fathers Taking Leave Alone in the UK - a Gift Exchange between Mother and Father?
Margaret O’Brien and Katherine Twamley
Fathers and Part-time Parental Leave in France – a Shift towards an Egalitarian
Fathers on Leave Alone in Switzerland: Agents of Social Change?
Fathers on Leave Alone in Japan: Lived Experiences of the Pioneers
II. Fathering, Masculinity and the Embodiment of Care by Gillian Ranson, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
In this session, Gillian will describe some of the research findings contained in her book. The book’s focus is on fathers caring for babies and young children, and draws on observations of fathers currently at home on parental leave, and interviews with fathers who had taken parental leave in the past. It also includes analysis of fathers’ memoirs, and fathers’ online blogs. From accounts of all these fathers – a total of 62 from Canada, the US, the UK and Australia – the author explores the embodiment of care as fathers experience it. A core finding is that direct, hands-on care of their children is transformative for the fathers who undertake it. They become deeply attached to the children for whom they are caring, and committed to engaged involvement in family life over the long haul. They also challenge many stereotypes about men and masculinity as they become competent in a new kind of embodied practice.