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Between Two Worlds of Father PoliticsUSA or Sweden?$
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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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Ireland

Ireland

‘vulnerable fathers’, invisible fatherhood

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(p.74) 5 Ireland
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Between Two Worlds of Father Politics
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Michael Rush

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719091896.003.0006

Chapter Five identifies an increase in the significance of fatherhood to Irish social policy debates, particularly those surrounding prosecution through the courts for non-payment of child maintenance payments, the Constitutional recognition of fathers outside marriage and normative concerns with ‘vulnerable fathers’ in Irish family support debates. The analysis reveals that the American model of fatherhood strongly influenced the politicisation of fatherhood in Ireland, and that Irish social policy debates tended to reflect normative academic traditions of avoiding Nordic, and in particular, Swedish welfare and gender ideologies in favour of selective debates concerned with a residua of ‘vulnerable fathers’.

Keywords:   Vulnerable fathers, Irish Constitutional debates, liable relative provision, family support, selectivity, male-breadwinning

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