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Fatherhood Politics in the United States: Masculinity, Sexuality, Race and Marriage
     

Fatherhood Politics in the United States: Masculinity, Sexuality, Race and Marriage

by Anna Gavanas
 

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ISBN-10: 0252028848

ISBN-13: 9780252028847

Pub. Date: 03/01/2004

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Are fathers being marginalized in the contemporary family? Responding to fears that they are, the self-proclaimed "fatherhood responsibility movement" (FRM) has worked since the mid-1990s to put fatherhood at the center of U.S. national politics. Anna Gavanas's Fatherhood Politics in the United States analyzes the processes, reveals the internal struggles, and traces

Overview

Are fathers being marginalized in the contemporary family? Responding to fears that they are, the self-proclaimed "fatherhood responsibility movement" (FRM) has worked since the mid-1990s to put fatherhood at the center of U.S. national politics. Anna Gavanas's Fatherhood Politics in the United States analyzes the processes, reveals the internal struggles, and traces the myths that drive this powerful movement. Unlike previous investigations that rely on literary or other secondary sources, Fatherhood Politics works from primary ethnographic material to represent a wider range of voices and actors. Interacting with and interviewing members of the most powerful and well-known national fatherhood organizations, Gavanas observed Promise Keeper rallies, men's workshops, and conferences on masculinity, fatherhood, and marriage.

Providing a detailed overview of the different organizations involved and their various rhetorical strategies, Gavanas breaks down the FRM into two major wings. The "pro-marriage" wing sees marriage as the key to solving all social problems, while the "fragile family" organizations worry about unemployment, racism, and discrimination. Gavanas uses her extensive anthropological fieldwork as the basis for discussions of gender, sexuality, and race in her analysis of these competing voices. Taking us inside the internal struggles, tensions, and political machinations of the FRM, Gavanas offers a behind-the-scenes look at a movement having real impact on current social policy. Fatherhood Politics is an essential work for anyone interested in the politics of masculinity, parenthood, marriage, race, and sexuality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252028847
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction1
1.The Contested Terrain of U.S. Fatherhood Politics21
2.Pro-Marriage Fatherhood44
3.Fragile-Family Fatherhood70
4.Religion and Sports as Common Grounds for Masculinization99
5.Naughty by Nature126
Conclusion153
AppendixFieldwork Processes169
Works Cited177
Index187

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