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1st Edition

Men and Welfare

ISBN 9781032014869
Published December 30, 2022 by Routledge
282 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the complex, evolving relationships between men, masculinities, and social welfare in contemporary context.

It is inspired by themes examined in ‘Men, Gender Divisions and Welfare’, an edited collection published in 1998 by Popay, Hearn, and Edwards. While international policy agendas reflect a growing commitment to critically addressing the relations between men, masculinities, and policy, in policy and popular discussions, societies continue to grapple with the question of ‘what to do with men?’ This question reflects an ongoing tension between the persistence of men’s power and control over welfare and policy development, alongside their ostensible avoidance of welfare services. The collection constitutes an up-to-date account of the gendered and social implications of policy and practice change for men, and their inherent contradictions and complexities, tracing both stability and change over the past 25 years.

This book will appeal to students and scholars in diverse fields, particularly in sociology, social policy, applied social sciences, gerontology, gender studies, youth studies, welfare studies, politics, and social geography. Given the volume’s empirical attention throughout to both policies and practice developments, it will also be of interest to those training in applied and vocational degrees such as health and social care, social work, family support, and health visiting.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: men and welfare in contemporary view

Anna Tarrant, Laura Way, Linzi Ladlow


PART 1: Men, gender divisions, welfare, and socio-historical change

2. Young men, young masculinities: a transnational dialogue

Jeff Hearn and Kopano Ratele

3. Parenting and patriarchy in the pandemic

Nikki van der Gaag

4. Men, work, and care in the UK in the wake of COVID-19

Sandy Ruxton and Stephen Burrell

5. Men beneficiaries of housing and/or trapped in Greek family welfare

Myrto Dagkouli-Kyriakoglou


PART 2: Fathering and diversity: a welfare lens in international perspective

6. ‘I have a hard time not worrying about my son’: an intersectional analysis of men’s narratives on the meaning and the practice of full-time fatherhood in the United States

Catherine Gallais

7. Being a father and a refugee: new social worlds of welfare and integration

Esther Dermott and Tina Miller

8. Divorced fathers in Sweden: changed models of parenting and fatherhood

Thomas Johansson and Jesper Andreasson

9. Unmarried fathers and shared parenting in ireland and beyond: a matter of justice or care?

Elizabeth Kiely and Robert Bolton


PART 3: Contexts for addressing men’s welfare

10. Absence of value: masculinity, disability, social class and alternative provision

Craig Johnston and Simon Bradford

11. Male victims of sexual violence and their welfare in the criminal justice system

B. Kennath Widanaralalage, Benjamin A. Hine, and Anthony D. Murphy

12. ‘You’re a number, you’re not a person’: the experiences of welfare protocols for men experiencing mental distress

Uisce Jordan

13. 'A man in an intimate relationship – between the uncompromising and the permissive': men's social position and willingness to stay in an unsatisfactory intimate relationship

Emilia Paprzycka and Edyta Mianowska

14. A systemic perspective on father engagement with child- and family-related social work interventions in Israel

Nadav Perez-Vaisvidovsky, Ayana Halpern, and Reli Mizrahi

15. No room to change? fatherhood, masculinities and child welfare

Ariane Critchley


PART 4: Men and their welfare across the lifecourse

16. Men’s welfare beyond the state: working fathers’ experiences of childcare within the family in Soviet Ukraine

Yuliya Hilevych

17. Loneliness and men’s welfare across the lifecourse: aligning approaches with masculinity, friendships, and relationships

Robert Hagan

18. Social participation and social support practices of older men from minoritised ethnic groups: lessons for social isolation and loneliness initiatives

Brenda Hayanga, Dylan Kneale, and Ann Phoenix

19. Caring, old age and masculinities: men’s experiences of caring and maintaining social connections in later life

Paul Willis, Alex Vickery and Jon Symonds

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Anna Tarrant is Professor of Sociology at the University of Lincoln and UK Research & Innovation Future Leaders Fellow (2020–24). Her work examines men’s family participation in low-income families. She is author of Fathering and Poverty (2021).

Linzi Ladlow is a Research Fellow at the University of Lincoln, working on the Following Young Fathers Further study. Her research interests include young parenthood, families, housing, and disadvantage.

Laura Way is Research Fellow at the University of Lincoln, working on the Following Young Fathers Further study. Her research interests include ageing, gender and the lifecourse, youth culture, creative methods, and punk pedagogies. Laura is the author of Punk, Gender and Ageing. Just Typical Girls? (2020).