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Fatherhood as transition: The contemporary relevance of transition theory

By Janet Draper

Abstract

This chapter explores the contemporary utility of ritual transition theory (Van Gennep [1909], 1960). Drawing on qualitative data generated during a longitudinal ethnographic study of men’s transition to fatherhood, the paper describes how the three phases associated with the theory - separation, transition and re-incorporation - provide insight into men’s transition to contemporary fatherhood. It is argued therefore, that despite its earlier structural-functionalist roots the theory remains a valuable and relevant framework illuminating contemporary transitions across the life course

Publisher: University of Huddersfield Press
Year: 2002
OAI identifier: oai:oro.open.ac.uk:12050
Provided by: Open Research Online

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