Fathering in India

Images and Realities

  • Rajalakshmi Sriram

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Concepts and Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rajalakshmi Sriram
      Pages 19-34
    3. Rajalakshmi Sriram
      Pages 35-57
  3. Fathering in Urban Middle Class: Emerging Realities

  4. Fathering: Reflections in Indian Media

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Jayana Padalia, Rajalakshmi Sriram
      Pages 155-168
    3. Manjari Shah, Dharti Takwani, Pooja Sharma, Rajalakshmi Sriram
      Pages 169-185
    4. Prachee Joeg, Sneha Joshi, Rajalakshmi Sriram
      Pages 187-201
  5. Fathering: Viewed from a Gender Lens

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Ruchi Singh, Tarjeet Kaur Ahluwalia, Rajalakshmi Sriram
      Pages 205-217
  6. Fathering in Special Circumstances

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Vini Gupta, Anubha Rajesh, Shefali Pai-Samant, Pallavi Gupta
      Pages 253-265
    3. Harpreet Kaur Jass
      Pages 303-315
    4. Rajalakshmi Sriram
      Pages 331-354

About this book


This book covers the underexplored subject of ‘fathering’ in India. It delves into the shared aspirations of men in India to nurture their children in sensitively attuned ways within the culturally prescriptive context that governs men’s roles as providers and caregivers. This work is based on over two decades of intensive research in India on how different groups construct and experience fatherhood and fathering under changing circumstances. It unmasks the heterogeneity that exists within fathering in India through conversations with fathers across diverse contextsin privileged economic situations and those in difficult home and family circumstances, having children with disability, single-parent fathers and fathers in the military. A separate section discusses fathering daughters and shared parenting. Images and role models in fathering are brought alive through analysis of Hindi films, the media, children’s literature and classical literature. The conceptual analysis moves beyond the power and control dimensions commonly used to describe Indian men and fathers, to highlight their resilience, adaptability, positive involvement and developmental trajectories. This volume is for scholars, researchers and practitioners in developmental psychology, human development and family science, sociology, early childhood education and psychiatry, pediatrics, community medicine and allied fields.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rajalakshmi Sriram
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Family StudiesM.S. University of BarodaVadodaraIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-1714-9
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-1715-6
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