Where have all the fathers gone? Media(ted) representations of fatherhood

Prinsloo, J. (2006) Where have all the fathers gone? Media(ted) representations of fatherhood. In: Baba : men and fatherhood in South Africa. HSRC, Pretoria, South Africa, pp. 132-146. ISBN 0-7969-2096-6

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[From the introduction]: "It is in the mundane world that media operate most significantly. They filter and frame everyday realities, through their singular and multiple representations, providing touchstones, references, for the conduct of everyday life, for the production and maintenance of common-sense (Silverstone 1999, p.6). While it is broadly accepted that the media do not reflect society, they do provide us with a repertoire of roles and images which we encounter and with which we engage." As the opening quote suggests, the media play a vital role in the circulation and mediation of ideas, attitudes and actions and their significance is commented on frequently. It is noteworthy that such commentary in South Africa identifies that men are infrequently depicted in parental roles. This is in comparison to the other roles men inhabit and in contrast to the role of women as mother. It is also suggested that the macho masculine identities that the media offer serve as proxy father roles.

Item Type:Book Section
Additional Information:This appears as Chapter 11 in the book: Baba : men and fatherhood in South Africa / edited by Linda Richter and Robert Morrell
Uncontrolled Keywords:gender; representation; stereotype; fathers; role of the media; men as fathers; fatherhood; masculinity; father and child; South Africa
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Journalism and Media Studies
ID Code:858
Deposited By: Ms T Kerrich - Walker
Deposited On:23 Nov 2007
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