Fathertime: the making and shaping of fatherhood in Australia

How has fatherhood changed over the 20th century?

The first radio program using interviews recorded as part of the Australian Generations Oral History Project airs on Hindsight on ABC Radio National at 1pm on Sunday 3 November 2013. 

In this program we hear memories from across the generations, alongside the views of historians and sociologists including Professor Alistair Thomson (Project Leader) and  Associate Professor Dr. Kerreen Reiger (Project Researcher).

The Australian Generations Oral History Project is the first major national project to investigate intergenerational dynamics and the impact of dramatic social, technological and environmental changes on the experiences and attitudes of succeeding Australian Generations

The national scope of our project will advance understanding of the diversity of Australian historical experience within groups and over time. We propose an original and significant historical interrogation of assumptions about Australian Generations.

We will question and complicate the commonly accepted Australian generational ascriptions of Builders (born c. 1925-46), Baby Boomers (c. 1947-64), Generation X (c. 1965-79) and Generation Y (c. 1980-94) (McCrindle 2009), and explore questions neglected in survey research about the interactions and overlaps between generations, and the ways in which class, gender, ethnicity, race and region inflect with and cut across age and generation.