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 13: The Future of Fatherhood: Social, Demographic, and Economic Influences on Men's Family Involvements
What will fatherhood look like in the twenty-first century? Can we expect American fathers to be aloof breadwinners like family men of the 1950s, or will they resemble the idealized “new” fathers seen cuddling babies and changing diapers in popular films and on the pages of women's magazines? When couples get divorced in the coming decades, will men ignore their children and become the “deadbeat dads” we've been hearing about in newspapers, or will they fight for custody like the characters played by Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer or Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire? In short, will men be ...