Fatherhood: Contemporary Theory, Research, and Social Policy

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Recent social and cultural changes - such as transformation in the workplace, shifting marriage and divorce patterns, the growth of the women's movement and development of the men's movement - have all served to change the traditional family role of fathers and to force a re-examination of the interaction between fathers and children.

This collection of empirical and theoretical articles presents new theoretical models and the results of current research on the role of fathers in families. The articles cover differences in culture, class, nationality and custodial status and focus on legal, economic and policy questions.

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Theoretical analysis and empirical research from a number of social sciences on what it means to be a father in times of changing families and gender roles at work and in society at large. The topics of the 13 essays include finding models, life- course patterns, a comparison between perceptions toward fathers' roles in child rearing in US and Japan, the inner city, public policy, race and poverty, single fathers with custody, stepfathers, and contradictions in the fathers' rights movement. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

1 Fatherhood Scholarship: An Overview and Agenda for the Future 1
2 Reshaping Fatherhood: Finding the Models 21
3 Rethinking Fathers' Involvement in Child Care: A Developmental Perspective 41
4 Developing a Middle-Range Theory of Father Involvement Postdivorce 57
5 Fathers' Diverse Life Course Patterns and Roles: Theory and Social Interventions 78
6 Paternal Involvement and Perception Toward Fathers' Roles: A Comparison Between Japan and the United States 102
7 Fathering in the Inner City: Paternal Participation and Public Policy 119
8 Fathering Behavior and Child Outcomes: The Role of Race and Poverty 148
9 What Fathers Say About Involvement With Children After Separation 166
10 Single Fathers With Custody: Do They Change Over Time? 193
11 Stepfathers With Minor Children Living at Home: Parenting Perceptions and Relationship Quality 211
12 The Fathers' Rights Movement: Contradictions in Rhetoric and Practice 230
13 The Future of Fatherhood: Social, Demographic, and Economic Influences on Men's Family Involvements 255
References 275
Author Index 302
Subject Index 310
About the Authors 316
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