The Best Kept Secret: Single Black Fathers

The Best Kept Secret: Single Black Fathers

by Roberta L. Coles
     
 

The Best Kept Secret studies the often-overlooked group of single, African American custodial fathers. While the media focuses on the increase of single mothers and the decline in marriage in the black community, Roberta Coles paints a nuanced picture of single black dads. Based on qualitative research, the author looks at the parenting experience of these fathers,

Overview

The Best Kept Secret studies the often-overlooked group of single, African American custodial fathers. While the media focuses on the increase of single mothers and the decline in marriage in the black community, Roberta Coles paints a nuanced picture of single black dads. Based on qualitative research, the author looks at the parenting experience of these fathers, who may have become single parents through nonmarital births, divorce, widowhood and adoption. The fathers, ranging in age from 20 to 76, discuss their motivations for taking custody of their children, what roles they enact as parents, what they hope for their children, how they socialize their children in a diverse society, how parenting daughters differs from sons, and what parenting has done for them personally. Coles then recommends policy changes to improve the situations for children and single parents-particularly often-unseen fathers. Filled with dynamic interviews and intriguing case studies, The Best Kept Secret shows that single black custodial fathers do exist and looks at the ways raising children has shaped their lives.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Interspersed throughout are compelling portraits of men raising their children and coping with all of the challenges women typically face in child rearing....Coles offers a new perspective on black male fatherhood that defies conventional wisdom on the subject.
Choice
Coles should be commended for her tenacity to interpret some black male experiences with rearing children. Recommended.
CHOICE
Coles should be commended for her tenacity to interpret some black male experiences with rearing children. Recommended.
William Marsiglio
Roberta Coles, by blending a case study approach and detailed personal narratives, reveals the neglected face of single African American custodial fathers committed to raising their children. Long ignored by researchers and misunderstood by agents of key social institutions, these men share powerful, intimate stories about the joys and struggles of fatherhood in a society conditioned to expect less of them.
L.A. Watts Times
I highly recommend that we all read [this] essential book by a leading scholar on the subject of Black American fathers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742564268
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/16/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Roberta L. Coles is associate professor of sociology at Marquette University.

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