What It Means to Be Daddy: Fatherhood for Black Men Living Away from Their Children [NOOK Book]

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Absent fathers and households headed by single mothers are frequently blamed for the poor quality of life of African-American children. This book challenges these assumptions, arguing that they are largely an unfair reflection of non-working class white American values. Hamer places the behaviors of black non-custodial fathers in their social, political, and economic contexts and describes these fatherless families from the perspectives of the families themselves.

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What It Means to Be Daddy: Fatherhood for Black Men Living Away from Their Children

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Overview

Absent fathers and households headed by single mothers are frequently blamed for the poor quality of life of African-American children. This book challenges these assumptions, arguing that they are largely an unfair reflection of non-working class white American values. Hamer places the behaviors of black non-custodial fathers in their social, political, and economic contexts and describes these fatherless families from the perspectives of the families themselves.

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Hamer has attempted a useful project: an ethnography of poor, black fathers who do not live with their children. At a time when 70 to 90 percent of black children are or will be fatherless, this is a timely concern. Hamer accomplishes the difficult task of getting 50 such fathers to talk to her about their lives and their fathering. The extensive quotations from her subjects are the most valuable part of the book.
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Hamer (sociology, Southern Illinois U.) explores the situation of low-income black fathers in America who live away from their children for a variety of reasons. The study is based upon the words of black fathers themselves. The text is organized into sections that examine the larger forces that define the social world of fathers, what fathers feel significant others expect of them, and fathers' parenting roles and functions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Contemporary Sociology
Offers a healthy antidote to prevailing negative images of live-away fathers.... Makes a good case for assisting those whom society has failed.

— Bart Landry, University of Maryland

Contemporary Sociology - Bart Landry

Offers a healthy antidote to prevailing negative images of live-away fathers.... Makes a good case for assisting those whom society has failed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231505109
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jennifer F. Hamer is assistant professor of sociology at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Fathers lives in context
I. The World in which Fathers Live
One: There's no such thing as a Good Black Father: "Standard of Fatherhood"
Two: Slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction: Creating a Context for Live-Away Fatherhood
Three: "Times Are Just Going to Get Worse:" Fathers Chasing the American Dream
II: Expectations of Others
Four: "Just Be There For the Baby:" What Fathers Say Others Expect
Five: "Black Men Can Do Better:" What Mothers Say Fathers Do for Their Children
III: Live Away But Absent?
Six: What Fathers Say They Do as Daddies
Seven: Live-Away But Absent
Eight: "Ain't Nothing Like Trying to be a Father and Trying to be a Man:" Barriers to being Daddy
CONCLUSION: "Got to Make Fatherhood Work for us:" The Meaning of a Fatherhood for Black Men Who Do Not Live With Their Children
Bibliography

Columbia University Press

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