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Fatherhood As Transition: The Contemporary Relevance of Transition Theory

By Jan Draper


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

Topics: HQ, H1, BF
Publisher: University of Huddersfield
Year: 2002
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