Societal notions of fathers have evolved from the distant breadwinner through genial dad and masculine role model to today's equal co-parent. This book seeks to explore the spaces and movements of men-as-fathers. Weaving together theories of space, sexuality and political identity with the stories of fathers from a range of sources, including popular culture, it discusses the way in which geographies of space can disconnect and disempower fathers, while societal notions marginalize and disassociate them from raising children. It explores how fathering identities are shaped by family and community spaces and aims to move the definition of 'fathering' beyond its definition in opposition to 'mothering'. In doing so, it provides insights into the contradictory nature of father's lives and argues that, rather than moving away from the traditional notions of masculine roles, that the emotional work of fathering in itself is an heroic act.

chapter |14 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

Partially Remembered Stories

part I|44 pages


chapter 3|16 pages

Recovering Fatherhood

part II|56 pages

Closing In

chapter 4|22 pages

Cinematic Landscapes and Leaking Bodies

chapter 5|19 pages

The Inevitable Father

chapter 6|12 pages

Stretching the Imagination

part III|39 pages


chapter 7|14 pages

Tactics, Strategies and Lines of Flight

chapter 8|23 pages

Migrant Moves

part IV|61 pages


chapter 9|19 pages

Geographic Solutions and Trials by Space

chapter 10|22 pages

Punctured Domesticity

chapter 11|17 pages

Coming home

chapter |5 pages

Conclusion Fathers Beside Themselves