Portrait of the ‘absent’ father: the impact of non-residency
on developing and maintaining a fathering role.
Irish Journal of Sociology, 14 (2).
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.
||absent father; non-residency; fathering role;
||Social Sciences > Sociology
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