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In this ethnographic study, Terry Arendell gives voice to a group of divorced fathers on topics including: their rights as fathers; their relationship with former spouses; the injustices perpetrated by the ex-spouse and the legal system; the inherent differences between men and women; and the fractured nature of the post-divorce family. The author differentiates between
the strategies adopted by traditionalist divorced fathers and innovative ones, and suggests policy recommendations informed by this masculinist discourse.
PART ONE: DIVORCE IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA
Men and Divorce
At the Crossroads of Family and Gender
Divorce in Context
PART TWO: DIVORCE INJUSTICE
A Masculinist Discourse of Divorce
The Law and 'Miscarriages of Justice'
PART THREE: THE MAJORITY STORY: CONVENTIONAL RESPONSES
Former Spousal Relations
'War without End'
Disengagement and Absence
PART FOUR: THE MINORITY STORY: INNOVATIVE RESPONSES
Parenting Partnerships with Former Wives
Innovative, Nurturing Fathers
Making Progress, Making Policies