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We studied 100 years of Australian fatherhood. Here's how today's dads differ from their grandfathers

By Kate Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary History, Monash University
Alistair Thomson, Professor of History, Monash University
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Today’s Australian fathers are believed to be more “hands on” and engaged with their children than the stereotypical absent breadwinner of generations past.

However, our research exploring Australian fatherhood between 1919 and 2019 has found that while men’s family roles have changed, deep-rooted societal and cultural forces keep them from being the kind of fathers many of them would like to be.

The breadwinner of the early…

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