Men at work? Debating shifting gender divisions of care

Kate Boyer, Esther Dermott, Al James, Julie MacLeavy

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In response to four commentaries on our paper ‘Regendering care in the aftermath of recession?’, we extend our discussion of the ongoing knowledge gap that prevails around shifting patterns of male work/care. Recognising the spatial limits of extant theories of male primary caregiving, we discuss first the need to attend to the variegated landscapes of male caregiving across the globe. Likewise, the theoretical stakes of expanding the focus of ‘mainstream’ analysis to take account of the situated experiences and knowledges of men and women in countries of the global South. We then consider the subjects of our research inquiry (the ‘who’ of contemporary fathering) and how different definitions of male primary caregivers may reveal or conceal patterns and shifts in male caregiving practices. Lastly we consider questions of scale and research methodology. Although our paper employs a national level analysis, we fully endorse the use of alternative scalar lenses and underline the need to analyse male care within the context of multiscalar and interacting sites of normative change: from nation state, to community, to home, to the body.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-98
Number of pages7
JournalDialogues in Human Geography
Issue number1
Early online date27 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017

Structured keywords

  • Gender Research Group
  • SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship


  • men
  • Fatherhood
  • social reproduction
  • Stay at Home Fathers
  • regendering care
  • work-life
  • geographical scale


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