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.

Fathers' Diverse Life Course Patterns and Roles: Theory and Social Interventions
Fathers' diverse life course patterns and roles: Theory and social interventions

Men's life course patterns and paternal roles in the United States have become more diverse and dynamic in recent years because of changing childbearing, marriage, cohabitation, and divorce patterns (Ahlburg & De Vita, 1992; Bumpass, 1990). They have also been affected by shifting cultural images of fatherhood (Griswold, 1993). Consequently, the task of designing policies and programs that enhance the amount and quality of fathers' interpersonal involvement with their children, as well as fathers' financial commitment to them, has become increasingly complex. Now more than ever, these efforts must take into account the unique, varied, and dynamic aspects of contemporary fathers' life course experiences ...

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