'This child is a planned baby': skilled migrant fathers andreproductive decision-making

Ruth DeSouza

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    Risk management and life planning are a feature of contemporary parenting, which enable children to be shaped into responsible citizens, who are successful and do not unduly burden the state (Shiraniet al.2012). This neoliberal project of intensive parenting and parental responsibility (typically gendered as maternal) involves child centredness and detailed knowledge of child development (Hays 1998). Simultaneously, contemporary masculinities are increas- ingly being situated beyond the traditional Western binary of the active home-caring mother and passive breadwin- ning father. Following Connell (1995), the plural word masculinities refers to the many definitions and practices of masculinity (See e.g. Archer 2001, Cleaver 2002, Finn Henwood 2009, Haggis Schech 2009, Walsh 2011). Broader and more inclusive repertoires of fathering emerge from diverse family practices and formations including queer/homoparental families; cohabitation; new technolo- gies; changing domestic labour arrangements; the changing organization of childcare and growing involvement of fathers; and social policy initiatives including parental leave and family-friendly employment practices (Draper 2003)
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2663 - 2672
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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