Men Can: The Changing Image and Reality of Fatherhood in America

Men Can: The Changing Image and Reality of Fatherhood in America

by Donald Unger
     
 

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In Men Can, writer, teacher, and father Donald Unger uses his personal experiences as a stay-at-home dad; stories of real-life families; and representations of fathers in film, on television, and in advertising to illuminate the roles men now play in the increasingly fluid domestic sphere.

Unger tells the stories of a half dozen families-of varied ethnicities,

Overview

In Men Can, writer, teacher, and father Donald Unger uses his personal experiences as a stay-at-home dad; stories of real-life families; and representations of fathers in film, on television, and in advertising to illuminate the roles men now play in the increasingly fluid domestic sphere.

Unger tells the stories of a half dozen families-of varied ethnicities, geographical locations, and philosophical orientations-in which fathers are either primary caregivers or equally sharing parents. He personalizes how Americans are now caring for their children and discusses the ways that popular culture reflects these changes in family roles. Unger also addresses the evolving language of parenting and media representations of fathers over several decades.

Men Can shows how real change can take place when families divide up domestic labor on a gender-neutral basis. The families profiled here offer insights into the struggles of-and opportunities for-men caring for children. Unger favors flexible arrangements and a society that respects personal choices and individual differences, crediting and supporting functional families, rather than one in which every household must conform to a one-size-fits-all mold.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Fatherhood is evolving. In Men CAN, Donald Unger tells the story of that evolution in ways that are warm, personal, and compelling. The picture that emerges is a hopeful one, but it will also be helpful and comforting to men and women struggling with new roles at home." 
Jeremy Adam Smith, author of The Daddy Shift and editor of Shareable.net

Michael Lindgren
…Unger is especially illuminating on the role of the media and other cultural forces in shaping our shared perceptions…incisive and fair-minded…Men CAN is succinct and persuasive.
—The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439900000
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2010
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Donald N.S. Unger is a Lecturer in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies at MIT.

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