Advisor

Martha Balshem

Date of Award

1-1-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Sociology

Department

Sociology

Physical Description

1 online resource (iii, 80 p.)

Subjects

Division of household labor, Masculinities, Stay-at-home fathers, Sexual division of labor, Gender identity -- Social aspects

DOI

10.15760/etd.222

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to explore how stay-at-home fathers view their role as the primary caregiver, and how they encounter opposing masculinity issues. This is explored through discussion about daily life, the decision to stay home, and household labor, a particularly interesting reflection of gender roles and equality. The two research questions used to explore this included: How do stay-at-home fathers understand their masculinity and social role? How does talk about the negotiation of household labor in stay-at-home father/career mother families illustrate masculinity issues? Through an analysis of interviews of eight present or past stay-at-home fathers, I capture the ways that these fathers describe and discuss the stay-at-home parent role. By looking at how these men define and interpret the specific challenges they face while in this role, I help tell the stories of stay-at-home father/career mother families, and understand whether these families, too, experience Hochschild's "stalled revolution."

Description

Portland State University. Dept. of Sociology

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/6918

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