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Fathers Feeding the Family in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, Fashion Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9405-1404
2018 (English)In: Feeding Children Inside and Outside the Home / [ed] Vicky Harman, Benedetta Cappellini, Charlotte Faircloth, Routledge, 2018Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

With fatherhood currently in a state of flux, the following chapter on Swedish single fathers cooking for their children shows that these caregiving fathers’ masculinities remain relatively intact. While staying firmly anchored in one’s professional identity, these days the caregiving father fits in with the ideal of Swedish masculinity. But even if it is fairly common among Swedish middle class fathers to share responsibility for their children if the parents separate, fathers’ engagement with their children is not yet taken for granted and expectations are lower than for mothers. The fathers in this study had a rather pragmatic approach to cooking that took departure from their own cooking interest and capabilities. Three themes characterized the men’s various approaches: i) Cooking as an interest; ii) Cooking as a hardship and iii) Cooking as a part of life. Independent of their approach, most of the men’s cooking emerged as instrumental and matter-of-factly. Their relation to the market was characterized by pragmatism rather than worry and they saw no problem in retreating to market solutions every now and then. Without the pursuit of self-sacrifice, their cooking emerged as an expression of love and care for their children.

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Routledge, 2018.
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Sociological Futures
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-140858ISBN: 9781138633865 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-140858DiVA, id: diva2:1163048
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Anna Ahlströms och Ellen Terserus stiftelseAvailable from: 2017-12-05 Created: 2017-12-05 Last updated: 2018-06-21

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