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Men's passage to fatherhood: an analysis of the contemporary relevance of transition theory

Draper, Janet (2003). Men's passage to fatherhood: an analysis of the contemporary relevance of transition theory. Nursing Inquiry, 10(1) pp. 66–78.

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This paper presents a theoretical analysis of men's experiences of pregnancy, birth and early fatherhood. It does so using a framework of ritual transition theory and argues that despite its earlier structural-functionalist roots, transition theory remains a valuable framework, illuminating contemporary transitions across the life course. The paper discusses the historical development of transition or ritual theory and, drawing upon data generated during longitudinal ethnographic interviews with men undergoing the transition to fatherhood, analyses its relevance in understanding contemporary experiences of fatherhood.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1440-1800
Keywords: fatherhood; rites of passage; ritual; transition;
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Nursing
Health and Social Care
Item ID: 10831
Depositing User: Janet Draper
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2016 13:39
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