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The spectre of the wheezy dad: Masculinity, fatherhood and ageing

Shirani, Fiona Jane 2013. The spectre of the wheezy dad: Masculinity, fatherhood and ageing. Sociology 47 (5) , pp. 1104-1119. 10.1177/0038038512469063

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This article explores concerns about, and experiences of, ageing amongst men during the early years of fatherhood. Despite acknowledgement of the interconnectivities between age and gender, accounts of ageing masculinity have been relatively overlooked, particularly in relation to younger and middle-aged men’s perceptions of ageing. However, some evidence suggests that despite a general trend towards increasing longevity, anxiety about ageing is occurring at ever younger ages. Drawing on data from a qualitative longitudinal study, this issue is considered here through a parenting lens in light of the wider social trend towards delayed fatherhood. The article focuses on the experiences of men aged 29–54 whose accounts indicate widespread concern about ageing, regardless of their actual chronological age. The analysis foregrounds how these concerns are linked to the continuing association between fathering and physical activity, which highlights the need to consider the implications of advanced paternal age for father–child relationships.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ageing, Body, Fatherhood, Masculinity, Physical activity
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0038-0385
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 03 May 2023 14:12

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