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Fatherhood and youth sports: A balancing act between care and expectations
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
University of California, Los Angeles.
2012 (English)In: Gender & Society, ISSN 0891-2432, E-ISSN 1552-3977, Vol. 26, no 4, 639-664 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Youth sports have been recognized as an arena for men to meet increased cultural expectations of being involved in their children’s lives. Indeed, in contrast to other child care practices, many men are eager to take part in their children’s organized sports. Drawing on an ethnographic study of middle-class families in the United States, this study examines how men juggle two contrasting cultural models of masculinity when fathering through sports—a performance-oriented orthodox masculinity that historically has been associated with sports and a caring, inclusive masculinity that promotes the nurturing of one’s children. Through a detailed analysis of how fathers’ sports involvement unfolds on the ground, we show how men, in order to portray themselves as “good” fathers, attempt to strike a balance between pushing their children to excel and supporting them regardless of their performance. We propose that although men may value inclusive masculinity when fathering through youth sports, at the same time they exercise orthodox masculinity in other domestic domains

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2012. Vol. 26, no 4, 639-664 p.
Keyword [en]
adolescence/children, family, men/masculinity, sport/leisure
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Sociology Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-195975DOI: 10.1177/0891243212446370OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-195975DiVA: diva2:608963
Available from: 2013-03-02 Created: 2013-03-02 Last updated: 2013-03-11Bibliographically approved

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