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Grandfatherhood: Shifting Masculinities in Later Life

Mann, R. and Tarrant, A. and Leeson, G.W. (2015) Grandfatherhood: Shifting Masculinities in Later Life. Sociology. DOI: 10.1177/0038038515572586

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Abstract

Drawing on qualitative interview data, this article examines how grandfatherhood relates to the assertion and transformation of masculinities in later life. Recent attention to ageing and masculinities has identified how older men are challenged to succeed in maintaining connections to hegemonic masculinity in light of altered family and life circumstances. We consider men�s engagement with grandfatherhood as a means for so doing, illustrating how men make sense of the role through continuity with hegemonic masculinity. While grandfathers describe emotionally intimate and affectionate relationships with their grandchildren, their accounts reflect desires to re-affirm previous connections to masculinities. Attention to the way individualised masculinities are re-negotiated in later life can help to explain how men are making sense of the new family opportunities that arise from being a grandparent. Such an analysis of grandfatherhood, we argue, also offers significant critique of hegemonic masculinity and its distinction to non-hegemonic masculinities intersected by old age.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2015 02:36
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 02:48
ISSN: 0038-0385
Publisher's Statement: Copyright © 2015 by BSA Publications Ltd.
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/3686
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1177/0038038515572586
Publisher: Sage Publications
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