Sveva Magaraggia (University of Milan-Bicocca)
Sveva Magaraggia is Lecturer at the University of Milan-Bicocca. She received her PhD in Applied Sociology and Research Methods at the University of Milan-Bicocca. In 2012 she was awarded with the Endeavour Research Fellowship of the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, and conducted research on media representations of gender relations in parenting practices in Sydney.
Amongst her latest publications: Relazioni brutali. Genere e violenza nella cultura mediale, “Studi&Ricerche”, il Mulino (with Elisa Giomi) (forthcoming 2016). Essere giovani e diventare genitori. Esperienze a confronto, Carocci, Roma 2015. Gender and Participation (book edited with Giovanna Vingelli), Franco Angeli, Milan 2015. Editor of the special edition of AG About Gender, International Journal of Gender Studies “Towards a shared conciliation? Facing work-family challenges in a time of crisis and social transformations” 2014. Men against Women? The Roots of Male Violence, Utet, Torino (Uomini contro le donne? Le radici della violenza maschile. with D. Cherubini) 2013.“Tensions between Fatherhood and the Social Construction of Masculinity in Italy” in Current Sociology, Vol. 61(1) 2013, pp. 76-92.
Involved fatherhood: legitimising different masculinities or legitimising excuses?
The study I would like to discuss aims at understanding how gender relationships are constructed and negotiated in the intimate sphere and how the detraditionalization process looks like. The case study I analyze to answer this question is fatherhood.
The research project was conducted in Sydney (Australia) in 2013, and is a qualitative research based on narrative interviews. The objects of this research are 15 self-identified ‘involved fathers’ of a child(ren) aged 0-3 years and their partners.
The cognitive question guiding this research is about the tensions between masculinity and ‘involved’ fatherhood; from a first analysis of the data, it emerges that the different experiences of fatherhood open up the current symbolic order and legitimize different masculinities. They entail a radical reorganization of the gender order, investing also the partners of these fathers, who challenge the neoliberal imaginary that wants them to embody idealizations of both the ‘good mother’ and the ‘good worker’.