Negotiating Fatherhood

Sport and Family Practices

  • Thomas Fletcher

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


This book examines the tensions and ambivalences which men encounter as they negotiate contemporary expectations of fatherhood and fulfill their own expectations of what it means to be a ‘good’ father. There is little doubt that today’s fathers are responding to new expectations about fatherhood and fathering practices. The remote, detached, breadwinning father of the past, once lauded as a masculine ideal, has faded, and men are now expected to be ‘involved’, ‘intimate’, ‘caring’ and ‘domesticated’ fathers. Using a family practices lens and a case study of sport, Fletcher elucidates the changes and continuities in family and fathering practices in different historical periods and contexts. Negotiating Fatherhood will be of interest to students and scholars with an interest in family and fathering practices, sport, leisure, and gender.


fathers masculinity family roles domestication leisure cricket gender studies intimate life childhood

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas Fletcher
    • 1
  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-19783-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-19784-1
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