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

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

by Jennifer Hamer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231115555

ISBN-13: 9780231115551

Pub. Date: 04/11/2001

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Absent fathers, the breakdown of the nuclear family, and single-mother households are often blamed for the poor quality of life experienced by many African American children. Jennifer F. Hamer challenges both the imposition of an inappropriate value system and the resulting ineffectual social policies. Most of what we know about fathers who do not live with their

Overview

Absent fathers, the breakdown of the nuclear family, and single-mother households are often blamed for the poor quality of life experienced by many African American children. Jennifer F. Hamer challenges both the imposition of an inappropriate value system and the resulting ineffectual social policies. Most of what we know about fathers who do not live with their children is based on interviews with the mothers; this book is based on interviews with the fathers themselves. How do these fathers perceive their roles and responsibilities?

This myth-shattering book challenges stereotypes of negotiating parenthood within the context of poverty, live-away status, and black American manhood. Hamer has collected the voices of eighty-eight men who participated in this study by first examining the macro or cultural elements that encompass men's daily lives. As part 1 explores these larger forces that define the social world of fathers, part 2 looks at what significant others expect of men as fathers and how they behave under these circumstances. Part 3 analyzes the particular parenting roles and functions of fathers, using narratives of individual men to tell their own stories. In this book, contemporary black live-away fathers talk about their goals, walk us through their workplaces, allow us to meet their families and children, and enable us to view the world of parenthood through their eyes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231115551
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
04/11/2001
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Fathers' Lives in ContextPart 1: The World in Which Black Fathers Live1. "There's No Such Thing as a Good Black Father": Standards of Fatherhood2. Slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction: Creating a Context for Black Live-Away Fatherhood3. "Times Are Just Going to Get Worse...": Fathers Chasing the American DreamPart 2: Expectations of Others4. "Just Be There for the Baby": What Fathers Say Others Expect5. "Black Men Can Do Better": What Mothers Say Fathers Do for Their ChildrenPart 3: Being Fathers6.What Fathers Say They Do as Daddies7. Live-Away, but Absent?8. "Ain't Nothing Like Trying to be a Father and Trying to be a Man": Barriers to Being DaddyConclusion: "Got to Make Fatherhood Work for Us"—The Meaning of Fatherhood for Black Men Who Do Not Live with Their ChildrenNotes Bibliography Index

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