Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 379–405

Being the “Go-To Guy”: Fatherhood, Masculinity, and the Organization of Work in Silicon Valley

  • Marianne Cooper

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005522707921

Cite this article as:
Cooper, M. Qualitative Sociology (2000) 23: 379. doi:10.1023/A:1005522707921


Based upon in-depth interviews with fathers who are employed as knowledge workers in Silicon Valley, this article argues that a newly constituted masculinity has emerged that coincides with the new way work is organized in the new economy. The article examines the relationship among this gendered subjectivity, processes of labor control, and fathering. It finds that the new masculinity functions as a key mechanism of control in high-tech workplaces that rely on identity-based forms of control and that the enactment of this new masculinity impacts the way fathers think about, experience, and manage their work and family lives.

fatherhoodmasculinitylabor processSilicon Valley

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marianne Cooper
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California, BerkeleyBerkeley