Intersectionality theory and fatherhood

Sonia Molloy, Shawnice Johnson, Kaitlyn M. Reagan

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Intersectionality theory has become a central theoretical framework for understanding multiple identities and the intersections of power associated with the social location of identities within relationships, social structures, and society. Intersectionality as a critical theory and praxis in family science is a key consideration as gender is an identity central to family roles and dynamics. Situating the study of fatherhood within an intersectional lens is critical to understanding how fathers father and how they influence their children. In this chapter, we begin with an overview of intersectionality theory. Second, we examine the use of intersectionality in the fathering literature. Finally, we focus on applying intersectionality to future research and practice with fathers to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of fathers' experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of the Psychology of Fatherhood
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783031144981
ISBN (Print)9783031144974
StatePublished - Nov 21 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Medicine


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