Reshaping Fatherhood: The Social Construction of Shared Parenting

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This qualitative study of 18 shared parenting couples explores men's and women's resourcefulness as they create together alternatives to traditional parenting patterns. Narrative accounts show a diversity of possible ways to organize family life so both mothers and fathers can be active in parenting. The many strategies followed by these couples - including tag-team parenting, interchangeability of roles, and division of labor - share a flexibility which challenges the many researchers who are fixated on static models of gendered family life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761909774
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/27/1998
  • Series: Understanding Families Series , #12
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 3
2 Academic Discourses: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Fatherhood 19
3 Diversity of Styles in Sharing Parenting 41
4 A Diversity of Paths: What Influenced Men and Women to Move Toward Sharing Parenting 55
5 Guiding Light: Foundations for Sharing Parenting 76
6 Tag-Team Parenting and the Mechanisms of Sharing Parenting 100
7 The Dance of Father Involvement: Men's and Women's Connected Experiences 127
8 Sharing Parenting and the Reciprocal Revisioning of Fatherhood and Motherhood 149
9 Sharing Parenting: Possibilities to Inform Alternative Discourse 169
10 Revisiting Dominant Discourses and Final Reflections: Implications of Taking a Different View 183
App. A: Methodology 203
App. B Research Informants: Biographical Snapshots 223
References 233
Index 241
About the Author 245
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