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Fatherhood as transition: The contemporary relevance of transition theory

Draper, Janet (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.

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This chapter explores the contemporary utility of ritual transition theory (Van Gennep [1909], 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.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 1-86218-033-4, 978-1-86218-033-8
Keywords: transitions; fatherhood;
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Nursing
Health and Social Care
Item ID: 12050
Depositing User: Janet Draper
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2008 05:56
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 20:04
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