Involved Fatherhood: Source of New Gender Conflicts?

  • Diana Lengersdorf
  • Michael Meuser
Part of the Global Masculinities book series (GLMAS)


During the past two decades the culture of fatherhood changed a lot, if not fundamentally in most countries of the global north. The figure of the male breadwinner, being one of the pillars of the traditional gender order, is no more taken for granted, but increasingly questioned (Cunningham, 2008; Meuser, 2010). A new cultural ideal of fatherhood developed: the “new” or the “involved” father—a father who participates in domestic work and childcare. Defining fatherhood only in terms of breadwinning for the family is more and more rejected as one-sided and seen as not matching the desires and needs of fathers as well as mothers.


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