Situated Fathering: A Focus on Physical and Social Spaces

Situated Fathering: A Focus on Physical and Social Spaces

by William Marsiglio, Kevin Roy, Greer Litton Fox
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742545695

ISBN-13: 9780742545694

Pub. Date: 07/28/2005

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

When men act as parents they do so in diverse physical and social spaces imbued with symbolic meaning. They father in the military overseas, on the farm, in dilapidated inner cities, immersed in ethnic neighborhoods, navigating idealized places of leisure where families go, as stepfathers in spaces where physical dimensions and family meanings intersect, as

Overview

When men act as parents they do so in diverse physical and social spaces imbued with symbolic meaning. They father in the military overseas, on the farm, in dilapidated inner cities, immersed in ethnic neighborhoods, navigating idealized places of leisure where families go, as stepfathers in spaces where physical dimensions and family meanings intersect, as nonresident fathers managing less than ideal conditions, rolling across the interstate as long-haul truckers, playing catch alongside the house, managing precious family-time in prison work-release programs, as participants in community fatherhood initiatives, etc. Until now, family scholars had not explicitly theorized and focused on how physical space shapes fathers' lives. A distinct volume of theoretical and empirical research, Situated Fathering addresses this oversight by proposing a new framework for studying how various contingencies of physical space, in conjunction with social/symbolic issues, affect men's identities as fathers and their involvement with children. Consistent with public interest in men's efforts to 'be there' as providers and caregivers, this book explores issues associated with the barriers and supports to involvement that are part of the physical and social environment. Written largely for family scholars and students, it emphasizes a future-oriented perspective by outlining directions for theoretically guided research in specific, often gendered fathering sites.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742545694
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.94(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Situated Fathering: A Spatially Sensitive and Social Approach Chapter 2 Fatherhood and the Social Organization of Space: An Essay in Subjective Geography Chapter 3 Fathers and the Navigation of Family Space and Time Chapter 4 Contextual Scenarios for Stepfathers' Identity Construction, Boundary Work, and "Fatherly" Involvement Chapter 5 Nonresidential Fathers: Shifting Identities, Roles, and Authorities Chapter 6 The Haunted Hero: Fathering Profiles of Long-haul Truckers Chapter 7 "Until the Ball Glows in the Twilight": Fatherhood, Baseball, and the Game of Playing Catch Chapter 8 "Nobody Can Be a Father In Here": Identity Construction and Institutional Constraints on Incarcerated Fatherhood Chapter 9 Situating Fatherhood in Responsible Fatherhood Programs: A Place to Explore Father Identity Chapter 10 Military Fathers on the Front Lines Chapter 11 Farm Dads: Reconstructing Fatherhood, the Legacy of the Land, and Family in the Fields of the Midwest Chapter 12 "Gotta Protect My Own": Men Parenting Children in an Abandoned City Chapter 13 Mexican American Fathering in Neighborhood Context Chapter 14 Devoted Dads: Religion, Class, and Fatherhood

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