This study discusses fatherhood in Turkey, in the light of the findings of Fatherhood in Turkey Research, comprised of a comprehensive quantitative and a qualitative research focusing on fathers who have children aged 0-10, conducted in 2016, which was conducted by Mother and Child Education Foundation. Here it is argued that fatherhood in Turkey is constructed under the relationships of patriarchy, capitalism and masculinity. Due to gender-based division of labor, the fathers spend most of their time working and outside their homes. This leads fathers to have limited relationships with their children. On the other hand, with the up-to-dating of patriarchal codes, the interest of fathers to their children has increased; but this interest has mostly been directed to the out- of-home area. Childrearing is still primarily considered as the mothers’ duty. The fathers, however, have greatly adopted the role of bringing bread to the home attributed to them.
Fatherhood, parenthood, patriarchy, masculinity, gender roles in Turkey