Chapter 7. Engaging Fathers – Promoting Gender Equality?

  1. Brid Featherstone professor1,
  2. Carol-Ann Hooper senior lecturer2,
  3. Jonathan Scourfield Reader and
  4. Julie Taylor Professor3
  1. Brid Featherstone professor

Published Online: 30 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470684771.ch7

Gender and Child Welfare in Society

Gender and Child Welfare in Society

How to Cite

Featherstone, B. (2010) Engaging Fathers – Promoting Gender Equality?, in Gender and Child Welfare in Society (eds B. Featherstone, C.-A. Hooper, J. Scourfield and J. Taylor), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470684771.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of Bradford, UK

  2. 2

    University of York, UK

  3. 3

    School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Bradford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 22 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470681862

Online ISBN: 9780470684771



  • engaging fathers – promoting gender equality;
  • encouraging specific fathering practices;
  • post-divorce parenting, work/care responsibilities and child welfare service role;
  • ‘caregiver parity’ model - not neglecting care, or women's work as caregivers;
  • balancing work and care responsibilities;
  • responsibilities of fathers in maintaining their children financially after separation/divorce;
  • growth in divorce and cohabitation rates - separation of marriage and parenthood;
  • centrality of the father in new paradigm of post-divorce family life;
  • Good fathers - fighting to stay involved with their children;
  • fatherhood today - open-ended, fluid and fragmented


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Interrogating gender equality

  • Balancing work and care

  • Regulating the ‘absent’ father

  • Engaging fathers

  • Contemporary fathering

  • Discussion

  • Conclusion

  • References