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Embodying risk: managing father–child intimacy and the display of nudity in families

Gabb, Jacqui (2013). Embodying risk: managing father–child intimacy and the display of nudity in families. Sociology, 47(4) pp. 639–654.

URL: http://soc.sagepub.com/content/47/4/639
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038512448558
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Abstract

This article interrogates how parents manage public–private practices of father–child intimacy and how the dis/embodied male impacts on the display of nudity in families. Drawing on empirical research, it examines some of the tensions which crystallise around intimate fatherhood and the meanings and practices of family photography. Focusing on the visual and how this can shed light on different dimensions of everyday experience, it explores how parents set boundaries around notions of decency and adjudge appropriate behaviour, with particular attention to the (in)significance of children’s age and the impact of class and social context. Notwithstanding cultural changes which prize intimate fatherhood, the management of masculinity and the paternal body remain a source of anxiety. This article interrogates how gender and ideas of ‘risk management’ are shaping embodied interactions between fathers and children and thus what children are learning about men, masculinity and intimacy.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Author
ISSN: 0038-0385
Keywords: class; display; embodiment; families; family photographs; father–child intimacy; gender; nudity; risk
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 34860
Depositing User: Jacqui Gabb
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2012 11:07
Last Modified: 24 Dec 2013 14:52
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/34860
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