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Drawing on the lives and life stories of a group of men in their late forties who graduated from high school together in the early 1970s, The Package Deal demystifies culture's image of fatherhood in the United States. These men are depicted as neither villains nor victims, but as making their best efforts to achieve successful adult masculinity. This book shows what fathers really think about fatherhood, the division of labor between fathers and mothers, the gendered difference in expectations, and the privileging of the relationship between fathers and sons.
These revealing accounts of how fatherhood fits into the rest of men's lives help us better understand what men can and cannot do as fathers. And they clearly illustrate that women are not alone in trying to "have it all" as they strive to combine work and family.
Author Biography: Nicholas Townsend has investigated the connections between men and families in the United States and southern Africa. He is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brown University.
|1||Contradictions and Complications||1|
|2||Package Deals and Scripts||30|
|3||The Four Facets of Fatherhood||50|
|4||Marriage: The Women in the Middle||81|
|5||Employment as Fatherhood||117|
|6||Home Ownership: Housing the Family||138|
|7||Fathers of Fathers: Kinship and Gender||164|
|App. 1||The Men from Meadowview High School||205|
|App. 2: Bibliographic Essay||211|