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By Gillian Ranson

Many fathers at the moment are offering hands-on, engaged care to infants and youngsters. This e-book attracts on observations of, and interviews with, caregiving fathers, in addition to analyses of fathers' memoirs and on-line blogs, to envision fathers' caregiving paintings as embodied perform and as lived event.

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I always go for the ones with the zippers,’ he said. 42 Fathering, Masculinity and the Embodiment of Care Strength The post-partum strength advantage that fathers could offer mothers usually worked on an ongoing basis. Babies need to be carried – at home, when they are distressed or needing to be soothed to sleep, or away from home, when they are being transported from place to place, in car seats, baby slings or backpacks. Some babies whose fathers I visited were carried more than others. In general, whatever the mode of baby transportation, fathers frequently positioned themselves as being better able to do the carrying.

My approach is also phenomenological, and this too has implications. To focus on lived experience is to focus more directly on the individual, Research Context 31 and rather less on the social. And while I appreciate that every father’s embodied caregiving takes place in a distinctive social context, which clearly affects how it is done and how it is experienced, here I am much more concerned with what than with how w or why. I borrow from Doucet (2009b: 80) the analogy of the camera lens to establish that I am using a zoom lens rather than a wide-angle one.

Drew could see a potential ‘Everything but Breastfeeding’ 49 Photo 4 advantage in his baby being able to sign that he was hungry or uncomfortable. Other fathers admitted to being much less consistent in their signing. But in any case, signing was always accompanied, on the fathers’ part, by speech. Talking to babies was another skill they all had to learn. 50 Fathering, Masculinity and the Embodiment of Care During my visits to Jamie, Drew and Douglas, I noticed occasionally that their voices moved to a higher pitch when they addressed their little ones.

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