Black Fathers: An Invisible Presence in America, Second Edition / Edition 2

Black Fathers: An Invisible Presence in America, Second Edition / Edition 2

by Michael E. Connor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415883660

ISBN-13: 9780415883665

Pub. Date: 05/19/2011

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book offers a broader, more positive picture of African American fathers. Featuring case studies of African-descended fathers, this edited volume brings to life the achievements and challenges of being a black father in America. Leading scholars and practitioners provide unique insight into this understudied population. Short-sighted social policies which do

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This book offers a broader, more positive picture of African American fathers. Featuring case studies of African-descended fathers, this edited volume brings to life the achievements and challenges of being a black father in America. Leading scholars and practitioners provide unique insight into this understudied population. Short-sighted social policies which do not encourage father involvement are critically examined and the value of father engagement is promoted. The problems associated with the absence of a father are also explored.

The second edition features an increased emphasis on:

  • the historical issues confronting African descended fathers
  • the impact of health issues on Black fathers and their children
  • the need for therapeutic interventions to aid in the healing of fathers and their children
  • the impact of an Afrikan-centered fathering approach and the need for research which considers systemic problems confronting African American fathers
  • community focused models that provide new ideas for (re)connecting absent fathers
  • learning tools including reflective questions and a conclusion in each chapter and more theory and research throughout the book.

Part I provides a historical overview of African descended fathers including their strengths and shortcomings over the years. Next, contributors share their personal stories including one from a communal father working with underserved youth and two others that highlight the impact of absent fathers. Then, the research on father-daughter relationships is examined including the impact of father absence on daughters and on gender identity. This section concludes with a discussion of serving adolescents in the foster care system. Part II focuses on the importance of a two-parent home, communal fathering, and equalitarian households. Cultural implications and barriers to relationships are also explored. This section concludes with a discussion of the struggles Black men face with role definitions. The book concludes with a discussion of the impact of adoption and health issues on Black fathers and their children, and the need for more effective therapeutic interventions that include a perspective centered in the traditions and cultures of Afrika in learning to become a father. The final chapter offers an intervention model to aid in fatherhood.

An ideal supplementary text for courses on fathers and fathering, introduction to the family, parenting, African American families/men, men and masculinity, Black studies, race and ethnic relations, and family issues taught in a variety of departments, the book also appeals to social service providers, policy makers, and clergy who work with community institutions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415883665
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/19/2011
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Part I: Impact of Father Engagement. Connor, African Descended Fathers: Historical Considerations. Hoskins, Fatherhood Through My Eyes. Jenkins-Monroe, Daddy’s Baby Girl: The Overlooked Story of Reappearing Fathers. Cunningham, Toward an African American Agenda: Restoring the African American Family and Community. Rentie, Debunking the Myth: Understanding Fathering in the Black Community. Mandara, Murray, Joyner, Fathers’ Absence on Adolescent’s Gender Role Development. Allen, Finding Yourself When You’re Not at Home. Part II: Father Stories. Palmer, Man-to-Boy Becoming Man-to-Man: A Son’s Perspective. Toldson, Birthright: Anecdotes of Fatherhood, Race and Redemption. Cokley, Black Fatherhood: Reflections, Challenges and Lessons Learned. Rosier, Black Man Defined: A Boy With a Purpose Becomes a Man When The Purpose is Fulfilled. Tucker, Making Room for Black Men to Father and Mentor. Part III: Thoughts and Reflections. Green, Fatherhood Love. Allen, Rosier, Tucker, Strategies for Therapeutic Success With African American Males. Ahadi, Mandy, Afrikan-Centered Fathering and the Afrikan-Centered Paradigm. Connor, Where From Here – Answers Are in the Community.

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