Lost Fathers: The Politics of Fatherlessness

Lost Fathers: The Politics of Fatherlessness

by Cynthia R. Daniels, Cynthia R. Daniels
     
 

The concept of fatherlessness has emerged at the center of debates over welfare, poverty, sexuality, divorce, family values, and "racial disorder." Do children need fathers? Do mothers need husbands? Should we celebrate or grieve the loss (or transformation) of fatherhood? Is there a relation between "fatherlessness" and the destitution and crime of inner-city… See more details below

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The concept of fatherlessness has emerged at the center of debates over welfare, poverty, sexuality, divorce, family values, and "racial disorder." Do children need fathers? Do mothers need husbands? Should we celebrate or grieve the loss (or transformation) of fatherhood? Is there a relation between "fatherlessness" and the destitution and crime of inner-city communities? Or is talk about "fatherlessness" simply a political diversion from the true sources of inequality and social disruption? This collection brings together nine highly diverse scholars to reflect on the culturally and politically charged concept of "fatherlessness" and to illustrate the deep and dramatic divisions that constitute public debate on this issue.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
...offer challenging insights into an issue that is likely to remain contentious in the future.
Library Journal - Library Journal
The introduction of this book states, "Controversy over fatherlessness has emerged at the center of debates over welfare, poverty, sexuality, divorce, family values, and `racial disorder.'" Despite the importance of fatherlessness to debates on such major issues, there is no general agreement among scholars and policymakers on even the most basic questions (Are more children today living without fathers? Are fathers needed? Is there a relationship between fatherlessness and crime or poverty?). These issues are explored extensively here in essays by nine family-studies scholars. These pieces, drawn from a 1996 conference at Rutgers University, reach no conclusions, but an interesting and multifaceted discussion is provided. Although a number of recent books discuss fatherlessness (e.g., David Popenoe's Life Without Father, LJ 2/1/96), this book makes a solid and learned contribution to the public policy discussion. A worthwhile purchase for academic and larger public libraries.--Mary Jane Brustman, SUNY at Albany Libs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312211073
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.57(h) x 0.86(d)

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