The article discusses changes that occurred in understanding and perception of the role of father and fatherhood in contemporary family. Based on the triangular model that focuses on the issues of fathers, fatherhood and fathering, the paper displays different typological perspectives as dichotomies. Using dichotomies it presents various theoretical and empirical discussions regarding the issue. From the terminological point of view, the study is based on triangular model of Barbara Hobson, which distinguishes three main terms that are further used: father, fatherhood, fathering. Using typologies as a frame of reference, the paper also presents construction of father role as a creative process that is influenced by economic - trade, social-political - state determinants.