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Riggs, Damien W., Rebecca Feo and Sarah C. Hunter. 2019. Australian news media constructions and categorisations of primary caregiving fathers. Discourse & Society 30 (6) : 622–635.
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SAGE Publications


This inquiry employs a Discourse Analysis informed by Membership Categorisation Analysis to examine how the relatively new category – primary caregiving father – is discursively constructed in 193 Australian newsprint media articles. The paper concludes that, despite fathers taking on roles inconsistent with normative gendered categorisation, constructions of fatherhood in news media routinely work to align (or re-align) primary caregiving fathers within hegemonic ideals.