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Sons and sons-in-law on caregiving: What the masculinity lens brings to the table
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4276-2041
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: Conference Programme & Book of Abstracts, 2018, p. 25-25Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Scholarship on family caregiving has recognized that gender plays an important role in the way in which care is provided, and received across the life-course. When this scholarship has engaged in debates regarding the importance of gender, it is, however, the female gender that has received the most attention. Thus, although men’s caregiving experiences have been the focus of some studies over the two past decades, family caregiving is still regarded as a female activity. Research on family caregiving has yet to recognize men’s caregiving as a theoretically profuse source of information about family care. It is against this backdrop that we set out to study how men – who provide care to their elderly parents and parents in law – regard the caregiving that they are involved in. The presentation will bring attention to the results of a study that uses face-to-face interviews with 19 men (17 sons and 2 sons-in-law) who provide care to an elderly parent or in-law who is in need of help and support. In doing so, it will shed light on how these men’s understandings of masculinity inform their understandings and experiences of caregiving. This presentation will therefore contribute to expanding the gender imagination of caregiving scholarship by challenging the stereotypical beliefs about men that inform studies of family caregiving at present.

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2018. p. 25-25
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-69497OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-69497DiVA, id: diva2:1255114
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4th Midterm Conference of the Research Network on Ageing in Europe (RN01) of the European Sociological Association, "Agency, Citizenship and the Dynamics of Power", Brno, Czech Republic, September 5-7, 2018
Available from: 2018-10-11 Created: 2018-10-11 Last updated: 2018-10-11Bibliographically approved

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