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11 April 2008

Father and son

The lives and loves of people across the UK are being explored as part of a project involving the University to create a portrait of British life in the early 21st century.

Researchers from the School of Social Sciences, led by Dr Karen Henwood, are involved in the five year Timescapes project, which aims to document the ways in which people’s personal relationships and identities unfold over their lifetime.

The research group will focus on ‘men as fathers’, a project which investigates the transition and transformation in the lives of men as they become first-time fathers.

Their findings will feed into a wider body of work examining the development and changes over time in people’s relationships with their family, children, partners, friends and lovers.

Dr Henwood, of the School of Social Sciences who is leading the Cardiff research said: "Our study for Timescapes involves talking repeatedly to men before and after they become fathers for the first time."

"A key aim is to find out what kinds of masculinities and ways of being fathers the men in our study are aligning themselves with, settling on, confirming, and moving on from. We'll explore their aspirations of fatherhood, and what it means to be a man and a father in contemporary Britain."

Timescapes is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and Cardiff is one of five universities involved in the research.