In this exciting book, leading fatherhood scholars from Europe and Scandinavia offer unique insights into how to research fathers and fatherhood in contemporary society.
Outlining research methods in detail, including examples of large scale studies, online research, surveys and visual and aural methods, they explore how each approach worked in practice, what the benefits and pitfalls were, and what the wider and future application of the chosen research methods might be.
Covering a wide range of subjects from non-resident fathers to father engagement in child protection, this major contribution to the field also critiques and addresses the notion that fathers, especially young fathers, can be ‘hard to reach’. Essential reading for both students and policy makers in a fast-growing area of interest.
Esther Dermott is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bristol. Her research is on families, parenting, intimacy and poverty.
Caroline Gatrell is Professor of Organization Studies at the University of Liverpool. Her work centres on work, family and health, which she explores from a socio-cultural perspective.
Introduction ~ Esther Dermott and Caroline Gatrell
Framing fatherhood: the ethics and philosophy of researching fatherhoods ~ Jon Ives
Qualitative longitudinal research: researching fatherhood and father’s experiences ~ Tina Miller
Researching fathers through surveys: methodological challenges ~ Maria Letizia Bosoni and Sara Mazzucchelli
Fatherhood research on the internet: methodological reflections from a literature review ~ Lars Plantin and Kristian Daneback
Researching fatherhood and place: adopting an ethnographic approach ~ Therése Wissö
Tele-conference focus groups: ‘You’re on the line with...’ ~ Simon Burnett and Caroline Gatrell
Researching using visual technologies: young children’s perspectives on fathers ~ Susan Milner and Rita Chawla-Duggan
Interviewing young fathers: managing ethical risks ~ Carmen Lau Clayton
Engaging fathers with family support services: using conversation analysis ~ Jon Symonds
Mixing methods in fatherhood research: studying social change in family life ~ Allan Westerling
Capturing the bigger picture with big data: opportunities for fatherhood researchers ~ Esther Dermott