Facing father absences and troubling memories of our fathers

Gabriel Soler (Lead / Corresponding author), David F. Purnell, Daniel W. Clarke

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This paper explores masculinity in light of the relationship three men had with their fathers. Three stories are offered as individual poetic inquiries, initiating discussion among the authors. By understanding the relationship with our fathers through collaborative writing, we are comprehending our own embedded masculinity in society and at the same time, we are finding new understandings of what it means to be a man. We reflect on the idea of fathering as something we need to think about in the process of connecting with our emotional needs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)510–532
Number of pages23
Journal International Review of Qualitative Research
Issue number3
Early online date29 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021


  • father-son relations
  • autoethnography
  • collaborative writing
  • inquiry as activism


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