3. The Born Identity

Becoming Daddy

  1. Lon S. Nease PhD, MA2 and
  2. Michael W. Austin associate professor3
  1. Kimberley Fink-Jensen MA, physical therapy

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch3

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Fink-Jensen, K. (2010) The Born Identity, in Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (eds L. S. Nease and M. W. Austin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Cincinnati, USA

  2. 3

    Eastern Kentucky University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Manitoba, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330311

Online ISBN: 9781444324464



  • the born identity - becoming a dad;
  • being pregnant and giving birth - transformative experiences for women;
  • birth stories, what participating in these experiences mean for men;
  • anthropology, a narrative analysis - discovering why and how a story is told;
  • moms, humorous anecdotes, personal experiences and practical tips - coping with labor;
  • identity transitions;
  • social or external transitions - marked by rites of passage, formal and informal;
  • connection or alienation - being called a father, once your baby is born;
  • expectant fathers, desire to be more involved - in their role in pregnancy and birth;
  • rites of passage, publicly and legitimately - connecting a person to a particular identity


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Identity Transitions

  • Connection or Alienation?

  • “I want to be involved”

  • Rites of Passage

  • Daddy at Last

  • Postscript

  • Notes