(2002). Fatherhood as transition: The contemporary relevance of transition theory.
In: Horrocks, C.; Milnes, K.; Roberts, B. and Robinson, D. eds.
Narrative, memory and life transitions.
Narrative and memory research group.
Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield Press, pp. 85–94.
Full text available as:
This chapter explores the contemporary utility of ritual transition theory (Van Gennep , 1960). Drawing on qualitative data generated during a longitudinal ethnographic study of men’s transition to fatherhood, the paper describes how the three phases associated with the theory - separation, transition and re-incorporation - provide insight into men’s transition to contemporary fatherhood. It is argued therefore, that despite its earlier structural-functionalist roots the theory remains a valuable and relevant framework illuminating contemporary transitions across the life course.
Actions (login may be required)