Journal article

'You can Spend Time...But not Necessarily be Bonding with Them': Australian Fathers' Constructions and Enactments of Infant Bonding

M Brady, E Stevens, L Coles, M Zadoroznyj, B Martin

Journal of Social Policy | Published : 2017

Abstract

AbstractGovernments are increasingly implementing policies that encourage early father-infant bonding. However, to date, research has not systematically examined fathers’ perspectives and experiences of early bonding. Using a social constructionist embodiment perspective we argue that paternal bonding is best conceived as a process of repeated, embodied performances that are shaped by gendered parenting discourses. Drawing on 100 semi-structured interviews with a diverse group of Australian fathers of young infants, we argue that most men believe they are capable of developing early strong bonds. They assume that bonding is a product of spending sufficient time with a child, irrespective of ..

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