Shifting marriage and divorce patterns, transformation in the workplace, the growth of the women's movement and the development of the men's movement, all these social and cultural changes have changed fathers' traditional family roles and forced a reexamination of how fathers and children interact. Progress in this new understanding of fathers is highlighted in Fatherhood, a volume of empirical and theoretical research on fathers in families. The research pieces, written by such well-known scholars as Furstenberg, Seltzer, and Greif, examine differences in culture, class, nationality, and custodial status. The chapters focus on legal, economic, and policy questions, as well as on the interaction between fathers and children within the family. Some of the topics explored are fathers' involvement in child care, fathering in the inner city, and single fathers who have custody of their children. Fatherhood is the most current assessment of our research base on fatherhood available for professional, scholarly, and classroom use and is important reading for those interested in men's studies, family studies, gender studies, sociology, psychology, and social work.

Fatherhood Scholarship: An Overview and Agenda for the Future
Fatherhood scholarship: An overview and agenda for the future
WilliamMarsiglio

Fatherhood remains a hot topic in the 1990s as is evidenced by the extensive public debate and scholarly inquiry it has generated in recent years in North America and Europe.1 This edited volume reinforces this pattern by illustrating social scientists' current theoretical and empirical work on a range of issues related to fatherhood in contemporary North America.2 The interest in fatherhood has been facilitated by recent interrelated changes in the demographic profile of modern families (Ahlburg & De Vita, 1992; Bumpass, 1990; Griswold, 1993), women's increased labor force participation and the accompanying questions this shift has raised in terms of parents' household division of labor, and the intensified policy ...

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