What are some unwritten rules of fatherhood

Active fatherhood in organizations - a sense of entitlement and hidden rules in corporate cultures

Involved fatherhood in work organizations - sense of entitlement and hidden rules in organizational cultures
[Journal article]

Abstract

"The understanding of fatherhood has undergone a change in recent years, which is expressed, among other things, in changed models of active fatherhood and corresponding political measures. Many work organizations are expanding their compatibility programs to include fathers. Organizational cultures contain ... more

"The understanding of fatherhood has undergone a change in recent years, which is expressed, among other things, in changed models of active fatherhood and corresponding political measures. Many work organizations are expanding their compatibility programs to include fathers. Organizational cultures, however, still contain latent expectations of availability and are oriented towards traditional hegemonic masculinity Career norms that have a negative effect on the realization of active fatherhood. We assume that hidden rules are effective in everyday corporate life that (can) run counter to official corporate policies Factors interact with gender norms. The empirical basis are seven company case studies from different economic sectors. " (Author's presentation) ... less


"The social understanding of fatherhood is currently changing. This transition becomes visible not only in cultural concepts of 'active' fatherhood but also in new policies and an increasing number of work organizations that address fathers in their offers to reconcile family and a career. In real l ... more

"The social understanding of fatherhood is currently changing. This transition becomes visible not only in cultural concepts of 'active' fatherhood but also in new policies and an increasing number of work organizations that address fathers in their offers to reconcile family and a career. In real life, though, employees are still expected to be constantly available and to consent to career norms that reproduce hegemonic masculinities. This is a strong indicator of organizational norms that limit fathers' capabilities to get involved in the family. In our paper, we argue that hidden rules in organizational culture may counteract official organizational policies of family friendliness. We ask how organizational contexts influence fathers' sense of entitlement and to what extend these factors are gendered. In our argumentation, we refer to case studies of seven work organizations of different economic sectors. " (author's abstract) ... less

Thesaurus keywords
Family work; Corporate policy; Family-job; Work-life balance; Work culture; Claims thinking; Organizational culture; Working hours; gender factors; Fatherhood; Standard; Neo-institutionalism; Career; Family friendliness; Corporate culture; flexibility

classification
Organizational sociology, military sociology
Family sociology, sexual sociology
Industrial and business sociology, work sociology, industrial relations
Women and gender studies

method
empirically; empirical-qualitative

Free keywords
Reconciliation measures; hidden rules; Awareness of aspirations

Language document
German

Year of publication
2017

Page reference
Pp. 72-89

Magazine title
Journal of Family Research, 29 (2017) 1

Issue topic
Fathers and employment

DOI
https://doi.org/10.3224/zff.v29i1.04

ISSN
1437-2940

status
Release version; appraised (peer reviewed)

License
Creative Commons Attribution, Share Alike 4.0