Feeling Their Way: Four men talk about fatherhood in Valparaíso, Chile

In this study, I explore the experiences and understandings of fatherhood of four men in Valparaíso, Chile, who became fathers between the ages of 16 and 19 and lived geographically, but not emotionally, distant from their children at the time this fieldwork took place. I seek thus to interrogate stereotypes in social discourse, Gender and Development research and many institutions about Latin American fathers in similar situations (Viveros 2001). Given the emotionally-intense nature of this project, I also examine the impacts of emotions and empathy on the relationships that were developed within it, and on researcher and participant subjectivities inside and outside the research process – a topic seldom addressed in social science literature (Bondi 2005).

Author: Monica Evans

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