Legitimation contexts : a grounded theory of the social legitimacy of househusbands

Smith, Calvin D (1992). Legitimation contexts : a grounded theory of the social legitimacy of househusbands Honours Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Smith, Calvin D
Thesis Title Legitimation contexts : a grounded theory of the social legitimacy of househusbands
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1992
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Rosemary Whip
Trisch Short
Total pages 174
Language eng
Subjects 1608 Sociology
Formatted abstract
For some time now women have been challenging restrictive ideologically based prescriptions oriented around motherhood, child care and housework. Simultaneously men have been challenged by these changes to examine some of their gendered practices. Some men in nuclear families have taken on the roles qf full-time care giver and housekeeper. This is a study of the experiences of a group of men who have made the transition from a social identity based on paid employment and responsibility for economic provision, to a new social identity based on domestic responsibilities o f housework and child care. This study used in-depth interviews to elicit information about these experiences. A common theme that emerged was the failure o f these men to feel incorporated or assimilated into the extant community o f others engaged in similar wont. These men have had to navigate discursive contexts in which the legitimacy of their involvement in the domestic realm and their own identifications with their new roles have been challenged. This analysis is an attempt to ground a theory o f the negotiation o f legitimacy for these status passages or role reversals, using concepts that emerged from the raw data during analysis.
Keyword Househusbands
Group identity

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