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Shifting perspectives: Becoming a feminist researcher while studying fatherhood and love
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Dr..ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9420-3359
2019 (English)In: Vitae Scholasticae : The Journal of Educational Biography, ISSN 0735-1909Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In family studies, writing from the heart is a political gesture. In this paper I present some reflections on the process of researching fatherhood, and through this example foreground the analytical connections between family and feminist methodologies. The aim of my doctoral research, on which I base this manuscript, was understanding how involved fathers in two different socio-political contexts, Romania and Scotland, experience love for their children. I chose these two locations to understand if certain ways of feeling travel from Western to Eastern Europe. However, these two locations also represent the place of my birth (Romania) and of my work (Scotland). Travelling between them has shaped how I approached my research design and influenced how I reconstructed the social world of fathers during data collection and analysis. In this process, I experienced some setbacks as I was writing, because personal memories of my family relationships rose to the surface asking for inclusion and interpretation. The analysis presented in this article is thus a multi-layered one: by using a feminist analytical lens I re-evaluated both my childhood memories of being parented and my understanding of the meaning of parental love; by interacting with fathers during fieldwork, I saw my relationship to my father in a new light and grew to develop a deeper understanding of the emotional complexities of gender dynamics.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-394096OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-394096DiVA, id: diva2:1357031
Available from: 2019-10-02 Created: 2019-10-02 Last updated: 2019-10-02

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