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.
Chapter 12: The Fathers' Rights Movement: Contradictions in Rhetoric and Practice
Fathers' rights groups in Canada1 have exercised considerable pressure on the restructuring of divorce and child custody practices and law (Crean, 1988; Dawson, 1988; Drakich, 1988, 1989; L. Lamb, 1987; Maynard, 1988; Rauhala, 1988). The strength underlying this pressure is in its appeal to the use of concepts currently held in reverence in North American culture. These concepts, such as coparenting and continuing parent-child relationships, are couched in the deeply held principles of “equality” and “rights.” The most visible indication of the centrality of these latter concepts to fathers' rights groups is in the names they use for their groups. Human Equality Action Resource Team (HEART), Fathers ...