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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 (
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Table of Contents

Foreword - Michael S Kimmel
Fatherhood Scholarship - William Marsiglio
An Overview and Agenda for the Future
Reshaping Fatherhood - Kerry J Daly
Finding the Models
Rethinking Fathers' Involvement in Child Care - Alan J Hawkins et al
A Developmental Perspective
Developing a Middle-Range Theory of Father Involvement Postdivorce - Marilyn Ihinger-Tallman, Kay Pasley and Cheryl Buehler
Fathers' Diverse Life Course Patterns and Roles - William Marsiglio
Theory and Social Interventions
Paternal Involvement and Perception toward Fathers' Roles - Masako Ishii-Kuntz
A Comparison between Japan and the United States
Fathering in the Inner-City - Frank F Furstenberg Jr
Paternal Participation and Public Policy
Fathering Behavior and Child Outcomes - Jane Mosley and Elizabeth Thomson
The Role of Race and Poverty
What Fathers Say about Involvement with Children after Separation - Judith A Seltzer and Yvonne Brandreth
Single Fathers with Custody - Geoffrey L Greif and Alfred DeMaris
Do They Change over Time?
Stepfathers with Minor Children Living at Home - William Marsiglio
Parenting Perceptions and Relationship Quality
The Fathers' Rights Movement - Carl Bertoia and Janice Drakich
Contradictions in Rhetoric and Practice
The Future of Fatherhood - Scott Coltrane
Social, Demographic and Economic Influences on Men's Family Involvements
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