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Dr Martin Robb - Men, Fatherhood and Caring for Children
Episode 122nd July 2021 • Now and Men • Durham University Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse
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The Voice, Harry Potter, and fatherhood: what's the connection? Hear Dr Martin Robb talk about this and much more on episode 1 of Now and Men. Martin is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at the Open University. His work is based around issues of gender, identity and care, with a particular focus on fatherhood and the development of caring masculinities.

Some of the issues we cover in our conversation include:

  • How fatherhood and men’s care are portrayed in popular culture.
  • The strengths and weaknesses of different political positions on fatherhood and men caring for children.
  • How to understand and promote men’s involvement as fathers and caregivers.
  • Debates about the meaning and relevance of ‘male role models’ to men and boys.
  • Historical perspectives and how thinking about fatherhood has changed over time.
  • How Martin’s own experiences of growing up as a boy and becoming a father have impacted on his work.

Martin has a blog at:, and you can follow him on Twitter at:

In the episode, we mention the following pieces of work:

This episode was hosted by Stephen Burrell and Sandy Ruxton, and was produced by Vic Turnbull from MIC Media: We are very grateful to Vic from all of the support she has given us in setting up Now and Men.