Mobile fathering: absence and presence of fathers in the petroleum sector in Norway

Aure, Marit (2018) Mobile fathering: absence and presence of fathers in the petroleum sector in Norway. Gender, Place and Culture. ISSN 1360-0524 (Submitted)

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This article examines the fathering practices of men in mobile work in the petroleum industry in Norway. In particular, it analyses the spatial mobility of these men and how their absence and presence impact their fathering. Drawing on insights from gendered migration and mobility studies, fathering and ‘new material’ approaches, this article nuances the understanding of current fathering practices by showing how physical absence does not necessarily imply emotional absence and by identifying changing fathering practices among skilled working-class men. This study also suggests that these fathering practices challenge dominant ideas of parenting, which tend to be based on studies of mothering practices. This study uses life course interviews, observations and ‘travel along’ experiences. The findings demonstrate that being attentive to absence and presence, the agency of materialities, gender and fathers’ perspectives may broaden our understanding of fathering in mobile work and beyond.

Item Type: Article
Item ID: 13421
Keywords: Class, fathering matrix, parenting, proximity and distance, skilled workers, work-related mobility
Department(s): Divisions > On the Move Partnership
Date: 24 April 2018
Date Type: Publication
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