Men as Fathers: An Indian Perspective

  • Rajalakshmi SriramEmail author


Every culture has its own script, wherein people play a variety of social roles, which are imbibed unconsciously, and the role of the father is no exception. Within the Indian context, this cultural script that directs fathering has its roots in classical Indological literature that comprises of The Vedas and The Epics. Fatherhood is embedded in the principles of grihastha ashrama or the householder stage. According to this view, a householder has duties towards all dependents, children and society. The changing social, political and economic circumstances have influenced and brought about changes in these ideologies. This chapter dwells into the traditional and contemporary constructions of a father’s role and the varied representation of his images over the course of time in Indian classical literature, popular media and past research, to understand prevalent cultural prototypes. It also dwells into the construction of the phrase ‘an ideal father’ by integrating findings from a series of qualitative studies in Baroda, augmented by samples in Pune and Mumbai.


Indian father Fathering ideals Father’s roles Masculinity Men in reproductive health Ideal father 


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

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