Situated Fathering: A Focus on Physical and Social Spaces

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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 and 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.
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Editorial Reviews

Joseph H. Pleck
Situated Fathering makes an outstanding contribution to how we understand fathers' lives in their many, varied contexts: physical, institutional, cultural, and social. A must read for serious students of fatherhood, researchers, and policy-makers.
Kathleen Gerson
Focusing on the link between fathers’ experiences and the social organization of space, Marsiglio, Roy, and Fox provide a powerful framework for understanding the social conditions that foster or undermine involved fathering. Situated Fathering highlights how men negotiate varieties of fatherhood in a range of often overlooked settings, from farms to inner cities to prisons and beyond. An important contribution that helps us see all fathers—and, indeed, all parents—in a new way.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742545694
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

William Marsiglio is Professor of Sociology at the University of Florida. His recent books include: Stepdads: Stories of Love, Hope, and Repair, 2004. Kevin Roy is Assistant Professor of Family Studies at the University of Maryland. Greer Litton Fox is Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Tennessee in the Department of Child and Family Studies.

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Table of Contents

1 Situated fathering : a spatially sensitive and social approach 3
2 Fatherhood and the social organization of space : an essay in subjective geography 27
3 Fathers and the navigation of family space and time 49
4 Contextual scenarios for stepfathers' identity construction, boundary work, and "fatherly" involvement 73
5 Nonresidential fathers : shifting identities, roles, and authorities 99
6 The haunted hero : fathering profiles of long-haul truckers 119
7 "Until the ball glows in the twilight" : fatherhood, baseball, and the game of playing catch 141
8 "Nobody can be a father in here" : identity construction and institutional constraints on incarcerated fatherhood 163
9 Situating fatherhood in responsible fatherhood programs : a place to explore father identity 187
10 Military fathers on the front lines 209
11 Farm dads : reconstructing fatherhood, the legacy of the land, and family in the fields of the midwest 235
12 "Gotta protect my own" : men parenting children in an abandoned city 255
13 Mexican American fathering in neighborhood context 277
14 Devoted dads : religion, class, and fatherhood 299
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