Understanding Asian Fatherhood - Joseph Rowntree Study (Families and Households)

Notes on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation study on Asian Fatherhood for the Families and Households section of AS Sociology.

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A piece of research carried out by the
Joseph Rowntree foundation and published
in September 2009, using qualitative
The men identified four major dimensions to the fathering role:
o Material provider
o Nurturer and protector
o A link to the outside world
o Direct personal care-giver.
Along with mothers they recognized both the responsibility and commitment associated with
`being a father'.
They saw earning income as an important responsibility for fathers.
The role of `nurturer and protector' was seen as ensuring that the child became a `good
The `link to the outside world' role was associated with fun and excitement.
For their sons in particular, being a father was seen as involving introducing the child to a
place within the wider religio-ethnic community.
The `personal care-giver' role was interpreted in varied ways; for some important, and
others about `maintaining standards'- seeing that mothers carried out care giving roles
The great majority of these Asian fathers had close and loving relationships with their
children, whilst believing in the superior strength of the mother-child bond.
The fathers often described their own fathers as `distant and authoritative'- `the typical
Asian father.'
Working hours and conditions limited the amount of time fathers could spend with children.


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