Reflexive fatherhood in everyday life: the case of Denmark

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This article looks at fathering practices in Denmark, using the findings from a research project on everyday family life in Denmark. It takes a social psychological perspective and employs discursive psychology and theories about reflexive modernisation. It shows how fathers orient towards intimacy in their relationships with their children. Moreover, it discusses how fathers’ relatedness reflects individualisation and detraditionalisation. It is argued that reflexive modernisation entails subjective orientations that enable novel pathways to intimacy in contemporary father–child relationships. Through this analysis and discussion, the article offers a way to understand the complexities of fathering in everyday life from the perspective of fathers.
Translated title of the contributionHverdagslivets refleksive faderskab: Danmark som eksempel
Original languageEnglish
JournalFamilies, Relationships and Societies
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)209-223
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2015


  • Denmark
  • detraditionalisation
  • Fatherhood
  • individualisation
  • reflexive modernisation

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