How do you partake in endurance sports at the same time as managing the role as a father, husband or employee? All while withstanding a rigoruous training regimen of up to 20 hous per week?
Iron dads is a group that previously hasn’t been looked into much, but there is an interesting study investigating this phenomenon, analysing how this level of training can cause things like ‘sporting guilt’ i.e., a guilty conscience for being absent in one’s family life. But also how some manage this by maintain a healthy balance, juggling training, competition and family life. The study also explores how masculinity is realised through sports and influences one’s identity, concluding that albeit gender roles becoming increasingly flexible in today’s society, its argued that Iron Dads still adhere to the breadwinner role, and that their wives do the bulk of the domestic chores.
Do you agree with this conclusion?
/The WoS Team
Iron Dads: Managing Family, Work, and Endurance Sport Identities. By Diana Tracy Cohen. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2016
Read the study here:
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