Fatherhood as transformation of masculinity

Helfferich, Cornelia (2012): In: Müller, Ursula / Oechsle, Mechthild (Hg.): Fatherhood in Late Modernity. Opladen / Farmington Hills MI: Barbara Budrich, 147-164

“A real man is a mature, older man”. Meuser here cites Ferdinand Tönnies, a late-19th-century sociologist, who saw the “dignity of age”, “dignity of strength” and “dignity of wisdom” as united within the “dignity of the father”. Accordingly, the link between fatherhood, status and age is an outstanding aspect of masculinity.