Francesca Alby, Serena Di Pede

Men's parental and household practices and discursive repertoires in dual career families

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Keywords: Discursive Repertoires; Housework; Parenting; Daily Life; Family; Focus Group.

The cultural and social transformations of contemporary society have produced many changes in the daily lives of modern families. This article, through Discourse Analysis of narratives elicited during focus groups, will deepen the point of view of men, husbands and fathers, members of dual-career families, namely families that have faced substantial and difficult reorganization of domestic life to combine family and work's commitments. The analysis identifies some discursive repertoires by which respondents describe themselves and their contribution to the family and household's management. In particular are identified: a) discourses about wife as organizer and husband as performer; b) discourses proposing an alternative vision to the current household's management; c) competing discourses on fatherhood. These results are a first step to enter into an evolving situation to show some of the movements and signals of change in parenting and domestic practices of men in dual-career families.

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