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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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Individualisation and two varieties of patriarchy and fatherhood

Individualisation and two varieties of patriarchy and fatherhood

(p.120) 8 Individualisation and two varieties of patriarchy and fatherhood
Between Two Worlds of Father Politics

Michael Rush

Manchester University Press

Chapter eight illustrates that normative perspectives on the social politics of fatherhood underwent a revolutionary transformation during the course of the 20th century: leading to the development in Sweden and the Nordic welfare states of father-friendly social policies and lengthy parental leave regimes. Alternatively, the more recent growth of American sociological perspectives on fatherlessness and family decline have combined to influence the development of patriarchal (or patricentric) social commentaries on the perils and pitfalls of lone-motherhood and non-resident fatherhood. The final chapter discusses to what extent the rolling back the of the welfare state in the USA may herald the growth of neo-patriarchy and a normative retreat from social policy norms and values based on principles of gender equality and the decline of patriarchy.

Keywords:   De-patriarchalisation, individualisation, social protection, de-commodification, re-patriarchalisation

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