Today, Danish fathers are expected to participate actively in both the everyday family life as well as in working life. Men no longer occupy the role of patriarch and sole breadwinner to the same extent they did earlier. But how does this affect the individual person as he is subjectified as both a man and a father? In order to shed light on this, this project examines discourses in relation to family and gender from a poststructuralist perspective to investigate how discourses constitute subject positions of fathers. In order to investigate this, the research question of the project was formulated: “How are discourses about gender and family life in relation to father positions reflected in parents’ narratives about their everyday life, and which possibilities for subjectification do these discourses produce?”.
In order to answer our research question, two interviews with two Danish parental couples consisting of a man and a woman were conducted. In line with the chosen poststructuralist framework, discourse theories by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe as well as Michel Foucault were chosen to perform a discourse analysis on the gathered empirical data. Furthermore, the project adopts theoretical perspectives from Bronwyn Davies and Rom Harré, Judith Butler as well as Raewyn Connell. A parental discourse was identified, which ascribes different areas of responsibilities to mother and father respectively. Furthermore, an antagonist relationship between the positions father and man was identified, as the idea of an ideal man can be seen as conflicting with a wish for equality in the parental relationship.
|Uddannelser||Psykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||20 dec. 2016|
|Vejledere||Christina Naike Runciman|