'Men don't do this sort of thing': A case study of the social isolation of househusbands

Smith C.D. (1998) 'Men don't do this sort of thing': A case study of the social isolation of househusbands. Men and Masculinities, 1 2: 138-172. doi:10.1177/1097184X98001002002


Author Smith C.D.
Title 'Men don't do this sort of thing': A case study of the social isolation of househusbands
Journal name Men and Masculinities   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1097-184X
Publication date 1998-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1097184X98001002002
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 1
Issue 2
Start page 138
End page 172
Total pages 35
Language eng
Subject 3318 Gender Studies
3312 Sociology and Political Science
1208 Literature and Literary Theory
1202 Building
Abstract Prior research has found that househusbands suffer alienation and ostracism from a variety of sources. Based on in-depth interviews with eleven househusbands, this article builds on such research by outlining and analyzing some of the mechanisms of this alienation and some of the adaptations these men made to deal with these experiences. Of particular interest are the problems the men report having with being seen by others as legitimately involved in child care and (to a lesser extent) housework. These data strongly support the idea that the men's sex category overrides other positionings that may be relevant, such as "competent housekeeper" or "full-time househusband and child carer." Put differently, hegemonic conceptions of who ought to be minding the children and the house subvert or thwart these men's attempts to validate themselves and these practices. The consequences are a feeling of illegitimacy on one hand and social isolation on the other.
Keyword Child rearing
Children
Domestic work
Fatherhood
Gender
Househusbands
Housework
Masculinity
Motherhood
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status Unknown

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