Sharing Care: book launch and symposium

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Join us to discuss the new book 'Sharing Care' by Rachel Brooks and Paul Hodkinson, with commentary from experts on fathers and fatherhood.

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Drawing on detailed qualitative research, Rachel Brooks and Paul Hodkinson's new book, Sharing Care explores the experiences of fathers who take on equal or primary care responsibilities for young children. The authors examine what prompts fathers' unusual arrangements, how they adjust to their caregiving roles over time and what challenges they face.

In this launch event and online webinar, Rachel and Paul are delighted to be joined by esteemed fatherhood experts, Esther Dermott, Andrea Doucet, Tina Miller and Anna Tarrant for a discussion of the book itself and broader questions about fatherhood, caregiving and gender.

The event is for academics, students, practitioners, parents and others with an interest in fathers and caregiving.

A publisher's discount for the book will be timed to coincide with the event.


Rachel and Paul will present some of the key ideas for the book, followed by commentary from each of the invited speakers, and then an opportunity for broader Q&A with the audience. The event will be chaired by Ranjana Das.

Guest Speakers:

Esther Dermott is Professor of Sociology and Head of School of Policy Studies at the University of Bristol.

She is an expert on families, parenting, fathers, intimacy, poverty, inequality and gender, and associated implications for policy. Key publications on fatherhood and intimacy include Intimate Fatherhood, a special issue of Families, Relationships and Societies (with Tina Miller) and Fathers, Families and Relationships (with Caroline Gatrell).

Andrea Doucet is a Canada Research Chair, and Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Brock University

Her research addresses the meanings and daily practices of caregiving responsibilities, especially for fathers; methodological, epistemological, ethical, and ontological issues in knowing with and from narrative accounts; and genealogies of concept formation, especially concepts of responsibility, embodiment, time, care and work. Her seminal book Do Men Mother? was awarded the John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award from the Canadian Sociological Association.

Tina Miller is Professor of Sociology at Oxford Brookes University.

Her research interests include motherhood and fatherhood transitions, constructions of gender and identities, masculinities, reproductive health, narratives, qualitative research methods and ethics and she has published in these areas. She is author of Making Sense of Motherhood, Making Sense of Fatherhood and Making Sense of Parenthood.

Anna Tarrant is Associate Professor in Sociology and a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow based at the University of Lincoln.

Her research has focused on men’s care responsibilities and support needs, particularly in low-income families. Her Future Leaders Fellowship project, 'Following Young Fathers Further' (FYFF) will extend existing longitudinal evidence concerning the parenting trajectories and support needs of young men (aged 25 and under) and implement and evaluate a novel social intervention that aims to promote father-inclusive and gender-equal parenting.

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