Portrait of the ‘absent’ father: the impact of non-residency on developing and maintaining a fathering role
Corcoran, Mary (2005) Portrait of the ‘absent’ father: the impact of non-residency on developing and maintaining a fathering role. Irish Journal of Sociology, 14 (2). pp. 134-153.
This paper reports on an exploratory study conducted with nonresident fathers, to elucidate the key issues affecting the development and maintenance of a fathering role after a relationship has ended. In particular, the paper focuses on the contingent nature of fatherhood for young marginalised men in Dublin. The extent to which fathers identify with a fathering role is explored and comparisons are drawn between the experiences of estranged, committed and activist fathers. Key factors that militate against fathers maintaining an active role in their children’s lives are identified. The paper concludes that while the experiences of fatherhood vary across different categories of fathers, the majority of them aspire toward and value their fathering role. However, their capacity to adopt a positive fathering role is affected by a range of institutional, economic and social barriers.
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