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"Our day is nice." Meeting places for fathers on parental leave

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Liisa Husu

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In his PhD project ”Our day is nice”, Tobias Axelsson studies a certain kind of gender segregated setting for men only: social services for fathers on parental leave in Sweden, hereafter called ’fathers’ spaces’. Such fathers’ spaces may take place in open preschools/family centres as part of general parenting support.

The project studies the different meanings of fathers’ spaces for fathers of young children. Especially, the project deals with the tensions, dilemmas and conflicts connected to ‘male only’ settings for fathers in general, and to Swedish fathers’ spaces in particular.

The empirical material consists of policy documents, observations at fathers’ spaces, and interviews with fathers who have participated in such settings. The dissertation will be defended in 2017.


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  • Örebro University