Men, Fathering and the Gender Trap

Sweden and Poland Compared

  • Katarzyna Suwada

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Katarzyna Suwada
    Pages 1-9
  3. Katarzyna Suwada
    Pages 11-52
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 289-315

About this book


This book provides an account of fatherhood and changing parental roles in Sweden and Poland. It uses a comparative perspective to show what men understand a father’s role to be, and how they seek to live up to it. Fathering, the author argues, is a social phenomenon grounded in cultural patterns of parenting, gender roles and models of masculinity, and also shaped by family policy. Being a father today, she demonstrates, is longer connected solely with being the main breadwinner. Rather, it has become increasingly common for fathers to take on duties traditionally regarded as the domain of women. This means that men often face conflicting expectations based on different models of fatherhood. The aim of this thought-provoking book is to track these models, analysing their origins and their consequences for gender order. It will appeal to students and scholars of gender studies, the sociology of families and social policy studies.


Gender roles Parenthood Family policy Masculinities fatherhood welfare state feminism domestic work motherhood Power Subordination Domination

Authors and affiliations

  • Katarzyna Suwada
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of SociologyNicolaus Copernicus UniversityTorunPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-47781-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-47782-4
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