Pops in Pop Culture

Fatherhood, Masculinity, and the New Man

  • Editors
  • Elizabeth Podnieks

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Elizabeth Podnieks
      Pages 1-27
  3. Self-Defining Dads: Autobiography, Paternal Lessons, and Narrative Performance

  4. “Real” Men: Brawn, Power, and Protection

  5. Economics and Emotions: Providers, Pals, and Nurturers

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 251-265

About this book


The definitions of fatherhood have shifted in the twenty-first century as paternal subjectivities, conflicts, and desires have registered in new ways in the contemporary family. This collection investigates these sites of change through various lenses from popular culture - film, television, blogs, best-selling fiction and non-fiction, stand-up comedy routines, advertisements, newspaper articles, parenting guide-books, and video games. Treating constructions of the father at the nexus of patriarchy, gender, and (post)feminist philosophy, contributors analyze how fatherhood is defined in relation to masculinity and femininity, and the shifting structures of the heteronormative nuclear family. Perceptions of the father as the traditional breadwinner and authoritarian as compared to a more engaged and involved nurturer are considered via representations of fathers from the US, Canada, Britain, Australia, South Africa, and Sweden.


Fatherhood fathers fathering masculinity new man modern family popular culture media studies hegemonic heteronormative gender postfeminism motherhood culture media

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