'He Understands Me in a Different Way Than Others Do'

Faroese Teenagers’ Narratives on Fatherhood, Masculinity, and Family Life

Abstract

In this paper a group of young people from Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, share their personal reflections and views on the ‘Faroese father’ in present-day society. The material from this qualitative study is used to examine and analyse the role and position of the father in relation to his family and working life, his masculinity and identity, and his general historic status in society. The main aim of the paper is to outline and illustrate a pattern of transition in Faroese fatherhood resonating new gender and family values, but also a social shift towards a (late) modern and diversified labour market with emerging female-dominated professions. Seen from the son’s and the daughter’s perspective, this paper suggests, the father’s place in the life of his children mirrors a very special relation associated with feelings of affection, safety, and guidance. Drawing on theoretical scholarship from fatherhood research in the tradition of critical men’s studies, as well as from anthropological family studies, this paper contributes to scientific reviews of fatherhood and masculinity in small island communities in shift. This study is part of the larger research project called Faroese Fatherhood in Transition (2018-2021) financed by Research Council Faroe Islands.

Keywords: fatherhood, masculinity, family life, fishermen, small islands, young people

Section
Articles
Published
Mar 17, 2021
How to Cite
Gaini, F. (2021). ’He Understands Me in a Different Way Than Others Do’: Faroese Teenagers’ Narratives on Fatherhood, Masculinity, and Family Life. Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, 45(2), 17-34. https://doi.org/10.30676/jfas.v45i2.99098