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Fatherhood in Late Modernity

19.04.2007, 13:00 Uhr - 21.04.2007, 13:00 Uhr

Zentrum f√ľr interdisziplin√§re Forschung der Universit√§t Bielefeld, Wellenberg 1, 33615 Bielefeld
Bielefeld
ursula.mueller@uni-bielefeld.de

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With fathers being paid more attention to in public discourse, a phase seems to come to an end in which changes in gender relations have been seen as being restricted to female life courses. ¬ďModernization of fatherhood¬Ē turns out to be a central, though far from being the only, element of ¬ďmoderniziation¬Ē of masculinities, including the question if transition to fatherhood is desirable and successful. As ¬ďfemininity¬Ē has differentiated from ¬ďmotherliness¬Ē, ¬Ēmasculinity¬Ē seems to differentiate from ¬ďfatherliness¬Ē with regard to cultural images and practices as well. In these processes, non-contemporaneities and contradictions are observable. Research results in various disciplines agree upon large discrepancies existing between men¬ís changed desires to live fatherhood more actively, and their factual practices. Cultural representations of fatherhood often lay across with fathers¬í practices that can be empirically observed. The ¬ďmultiplication¬Ē of cultural images and practices of fatherhood makes it difficult to conclude orientations from structural characteristics of groups of fathers. Nevertheless, structural frames seem to have impact in a way that still has to be investigated more thoroughly; the structural impact of work organizations is addressed here, but also strategies of standardization by law, and steering by politics that may vary according to the respective countries, and still have to be evaluated referring to their effects. Evaluation of current trends presupposes the analysis of mutual impact, but as well of contradictions and contra-rotations between models and cultural representations of fatherliness, fathers¬í social practices and their blending with the level of psyche and interaction, structural effects of working organization contextualized by structural changes in paid work, as well as political regulations of fatherhood and standardization by law. The claim, but also the chance for multi-level analysis in this field is seen in an interdisciplinary research design, combining perspectives and methodological strategies of various disciplines, and using their potential in order to obtain a more complex understanding of recent developments of fatherhood. The forthcoming conference invites researchers from a broad spectre of disciplines, such as sociology, history, educational science, literary studies, political science, psychology, law, economics, and cultural studies to scrutinize their articulations of relevant questions and problems in the field of fatherhood and fatherliness, with special respect to open questions that need to be addressed in further research. The aim of the conference is to produce a tableau of research areas and topics that may be further worked out and put into more concrete terms by a collaborative ZiF group of research fellows, in order to provide a basis for developing a research program that may be addressed to funding institutions. Although the conference program shows a ¬ďconventional¬Ē design with papers and discussions, it is strongly focussed on exchange and debate. The organizers welcome active participation and are looking forward to an audience which will act as an assembly of discussants.

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BIELEFELD, GESCHLECHT, INTERDISZIPLINARITAET, LEBENSLAUF, MODERNE, VAETERLICHKEIT, VATERBILD, VATERSCHAFT,

Veranstalter ZiF Universit√§t Bielefeld Ursula M√ľller/Mechtild Oechsle
Kontaktadresse organisatorisch: Trixi Valentin, ZiF; inhaltlich: Ursula M√ľller/Mechtild Oechsle, Fakult√§t f√ľr Soziologie
E-Mail des Kontakts ursula.mueller@uni-bielefeld.de
Beginn der Veranstaltung 19.04.2007, 13:00
Ende der Veranstaltung 21.04.2007, 13:00
Veranstaltungsst√§tte Zentrum f√ľr interdisziplin√§re Forschung der Universit√§t Bielefeld, Wellenberg 1, 33615 Bielefeld
Land der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Nordrhein-Westfalen
Staat Deutschland
Tagungssprache Englisch
Relevanz weltweit
Inhaltsbereich der Veranstaltung Allgemeinbildung
Adressaten Hochschullehrer/innen / Forscher/-innen
Aufgenommen am 27.03.2007
Zuletzt geändert am 27.03.2007

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