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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Fatherhood is evolving in America. Stay at home dads are becoming more commonplace; men are becoming more visible in domestic, caregiving activities. In Men Can, writer, teacher, and father Donald Unger uses his personal experiences, stories of real-life families, as well as representations of fathers in film, on television, and in advertising, to

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Fatherhood is evolving in America. Stay at home dads are becoming more commonplace; men are becoming more visible in domestic, caregiving activities. In Men Can, writer, teacher, and father Donald Unger uses his personal experiences, stories of real-life families, as well as representations of fathers in film, on television, and in advertising, to illuminate the role of men in the increasingly fluid domestic sphere.

In thoughtful interviews, Don Unger tells the stories of a half dozen families—of varied ethnicities, geographical locations, and philosophical orientations—in which fathers are either primary or equally sharing parents, personalizing what is changing in how Americans care for their children. These stories are complemented by a discussion of how the language of parenting has evolved and how media representations of fathers have shifted 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 whose stories he tells offer insights into the struggles of—and opportunities for—men caring for children. When it comes to taking up the responsibility of parenting, his argument, ultimately, is in favor of respecting personal choices and individual differences, crediting and supporting functional families, rather than trying to force every household into a one-size-fits-all mold. 

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Editorial Reviews

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
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439900024
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
07/29/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
358 KB

Meet the Author

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

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