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Fathers, mental ill health and the family assemblage

posted on 2018-01-25, 01:25 authored by RHYS PRICE-ROBERTSON
In this thesis, I develop and employ the emerging concept of the “family assemblage” to explore how the material, social, discursive and affective components of family life are related to the expression and management of fathers’ mental ill health, as well as fathers’ recovery trajectories. My analysis, which is grounded in an ethnographic study conducted in Melbourne, Australia, challenges individualistic and human-centric conceptualisations of mental ill health and recovery, offering a novel vision on the relationships between men’s mental ill health and their family lives.


Principal supervisor

Alan Petersen

Additional supervisor 1

Lenore Manderson

Additional supervisor 2

Cameron Duff

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Social and Political Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Arts