Fathers on child's play: urban and rural Canadian perspectives

Creighton, Genevieve, Brussoni, Mariana, Oliffe, John and Olsen, Lise (2014) Fathers on child's play: urban and rural Canadian perspectives. Men and Masculinities, 18 5: 559-580. doi:10.1177/1097184X14562610

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Author Creighton, Genevieve
Brussoni, Mariana
Oliffe, John
Olsen, Lise
Title Fathers on child's play: urban and rural Canadian perspectives
Journal name Men and Masculinities   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1097-184X
Publication date 2014-12-23
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1097184X14562610
Open Access Status
Volume 18
Issue 5
Start page 559
End page 580
Total pages 22
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Social trends show that contemporary fathers are spending increased time with their children and that active play and outdoor recreation are important features of their relationships. Dominant ideals of masculinity can differ by settings, which in turn guide men’s understandings and practices of fathering regarding the functions of and opportunities afforded by active play. This article draws on individual interview data from a study of fathers residing in three Canadian settings—large urban, small urban, and rural—to elucidate father masculinities and highlight similarities and differences in how men describe connections between fathering and active play with their children. Findings suggest that for large urban, small urban, and rural fathers, respectively, play functions as a means of emotional engagement, development of capacity for outdoor activities, and teaching children survival skills. We propose that the sociostructural and cultural dynamics of place shape masculine identities and influence men’s understandings of fathering.
Keyword Fatherhood
Hegemonic masculinity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 23 December 2014

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