Fatherhood and Love

The Social Construction of Masculine Emotions

  • Alexandra Macht

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Alexandra Macht
    Pages 145-159
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 161-187

About this book


This book explores how contemporary men understand love in the realm of family life and how they integrate it into their identity. Drawing from Ian Burkitt’s aesthetic theory of emotions, Macht presents rich data from qualitative interviews and observations with Scottish and Romanian involved fathers, to reveal how they maintain closeness to their children, their partners and their own family of origin. Reflecting on distances, separations, power, worry and intergenerational experiences of love Fatherhood and Love hypothesizes that fathers’ identities and emotionality rely on a variety of social relationships in their intimate environment. A new concept, ‘emotional bordering’, is introduced, to portray the tensions inherent in fathers’ identities and illuminate why gender progress happens slowly. Engaging with literature on love, masculinity, culture and father’s involvement from a unique perspective, this book will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of social science disciplines.

Alexandra Macht is Lecturer in Sociology, Oxford Brookes University, UK.


Scotland Romania Family Parenting Childhood emotional bordering culture socialisation

Authors and affiliations

  • Alexandra Macht
    • 1
  1. 1.Oxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-20357-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-20358-0
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