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Michael Rush

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091896

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091896.001.0001

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The United Kingdom

The United Kingdom

full-time breadwinners and part-time fathers

(p.64) 4 The United Kingdom
Between Two Worlds of Father Politics

Michael Rush

Manchester University Press

Chapter Four focuses on Great Britain, and illustrates there was a long-standing influence of American fatherhood debates on British ways of thinking about fatherhood. However, in parallel, there was a shift in epistemological thinking towards a more emancipatory view of the welfare state and towards understandings of ‘Nordic nirvanas’ and ‘Nordic feminist uchronias’. On the other hand, Great Britain is shown to have followed the American model of child-support enforcement, albeit, with a recent shift away from the failed US policy logics of child poverty reduction and cost-recovery of public expenditure on lone-mother households.

Keywords:   Uchronia, child-support, shared maternity leave, male-breadwinning, crime, fatherless families

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