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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415883679

ISBN-13: 9780415883672

Pub. Date: 05/12/2011

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 black fathers in America. Leading scholars and practitioners provide unique insight into this understudied population. Short-sighted social policies which do

Overview

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 black fathers 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 1 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 2 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415883672
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/12/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
302
Sales rank:
819,988
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Impact of Father Engagement M.E. Connor, African Descended Fathers: Historical Considerations. A.Hoskins, Fatherhood Through My Eyes. V. Jenkins-Monroe, Daddy’s Baby Girl: The Overlooked Story of Reappearing Fathers. G. L. Cunningham, Toward an African American Agenda: Restoring the African American Family and Community. R.J. Rentie, Debunking the Myth: Understanding Fathering in the Black Community. J.Mandara, C.Murray , T. Joyner, Fathers’ Absence on Adolescent’s Gender Role Development. W. D. Allen, Finding Yourself When You’re Not at Home. Part 2: Father Stories B. E. Palmer, Man-to-Boy Becoming Man-to-Man: A Son’s Perspective. I.A. Toldson, Birthright: Anecdotes of Fatherhood, Race and Redemption. K. Cokley, Black Fatherhood: Reflections, Challenges and Lessons Learned. J. P. Rosier, Black Man Defined: A Boy With A Purpose Becomes A Man When The Purpose is Fulfilled. L. G. Tucker, Making Room For Black Men to Father and Mentor. Part 3: Thoughts and Reflections G.Green, Fatherhood Love. W.D. Allen, J. P.Rosier, L.G. Tucker, Strategies For Therapeutic Success With African American Males. H.Ahadi/L. Mandy, Afrikan-Centered Fathering and the Afrikan-Centered Paradigm. M. Connor, Where From Here — Answers Are in the Community.

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