The role of fathers has never been more complex. On the one hand, the conventional nuclear family is less the rigid norm. On the other, fathers are increasingly involved with their children, from water births and dirty nappies, to spending quality time with their offspring. This anthology is the first of its kind exploring the relationship between father and child, spanning 2000 BC to AD 2000 using a wealth of sources, from fiction to personal letters, Roman temple rites to eighteenth century childcare manuals to modern day sitcoms. FATHERHOOD reveals the surprising truth that paternal love is not a modern invention and celebrates paternity past and present. FATHERHOOD: AN ANTHOLOGY is both a celebration of the joys of fatherhood and a more sober exploration of the responsiblities and vulnerabilities that go with it. Divided into sections as diverse as First Love, Fathers and Sons, Daddy's Girl, The Sins of the Father, Experience and Patrimony, it makes the perfect, thoughtful present for fathers and fathers-to-be of any age. Includes entries by, among others, Fergal Keane, Laurie Lee, Peter Carey, Bob Dylan, Samuel Coleridge, Alexander Pope, Franz Kafka, Mark Twain, Kirk Douglas, Blake Morrisson, George Eliot, Angela Carter, Euripedes, Irving Berlin, Shakespeare, Auberon Waugh, Vladimir Nabokov, Charles Darwin, Arthur Miller, Bill Cosby, Sigmund Freud, Tony Parsons, Phil Hogan, John Fowles, Roald Dahl, Groucho Marx, Homer Simpson and George Bernard Shaw.
In this new book, Parke considers the father-child relationship within the "family system" and the wider society. Using the "life course" view of fathers, he demonstrates that men enact their fatherhood in a variety of ways in response to their particular social and cultural circumstances.
If you are about to become a father or have just become one, you may be wondering what you have let yourself in for. Many of us feel unprepared for the responsibility of caring for a new life, for the intense connection with the baby we hold in our arms. Fatherhood unites us with other fathers. Men of all races, cultures, and social groups share these feelings of apprehension and of awe. But being a father is also intensely personal -- our relationship with our sons and daughters is perhaps the best chance we get of expressing who we really, uniquely are. In Men's Wisdom: Fatherhood Charles Phillips draws on the experiences of fathers of many ages and diverse cultures to deliver a deeply felt account of becoming a father and raising your children. This book takes you on an inspirational ride through the years of fatherhood, from the excitement and apprehension of the day you learn you will have a child, to the heart-bursting pride of seeing your son or daughter make their own way in th
Release on 2012-04-02 | by Peter B. Gray,Kermyt G. Anderson
Author: Peter B. Gray,Kermyt G. Anderson
Pubpsher: Harvard University Press
Category: Social Science
As Peter Gray and Kermyt Anderson reveal, fatherhood actually alters a man’s sexuality, rewires his brain, and changes his hormonal profile. This book presents a uniquely detailed picture of how being a parent fits with men’s broader social and work lives, how fatherhood evolved, and how it differs across cultures and through time.
Release on 2017-03-17 | by Thomas Johansson,Jesper Andreasson
Masculinity, Identity and Everyday Life
Author: Thomas Johansson,Jesper Andreasson
Category: Social Science
This book discusses and analyses the ways in which fatherhood is in transition in contemporary and globalized society. The authors identify and examine fathering practices in relation to hegemonic and marginal patterns of masculinity, the concept of heteronormativity and sexuality, and patterns of segregation, class and national differences. Contextualised in relation to theories of fatherhood and relevant statistics, Fatherhood in Transition presents rich empirical material gathered in a number of western countries. It focuses on key themes including transnational fathering and families, gay fathers and the virtual global arena of fatherhood images found on the internet. Containing a number of new discussions about masculinity and fatherhood, whilst contributing to and developing existing debates and theories about men, masculinity, gender and society, this book will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including Men’s Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Media Studies and Cultural Studies.
A father is the head of his family, but he's so much more. Join Edward Bradley as he explores, biblically, what it's like to be a father. The father is the provider, protector, and the head, but in the society we live in, that often gets lost. What can be done to combat this problem and become the man, God asked us to be? Find out inside.
This book explores how contemporary men understand love in the realm of family life and how they integrate it into their identity. Drawing from Ian Burkitt’s aesthetic theory of emotions, Macht presents rich data from qualitative interviews and observations with Scottish and Romanian involved fathers, to reveal how they maintain closeness to their children, their partners and their own family of origin. Reflecting on distances, separations, power, worry and intergenerational experiences of love Fatherhood and Love hypothesizes that fathers’ identities and emotionality rely on a variety of social relationships in their intimate environment. A new concept, ‘emotional bordering’, is introduced, to portray the tensions inherent in fathers’ identities and illuminate why gender progress happens slowly. Engaging with literature on love, masculinity, culture and father’s involvement from a unique perspective, this book will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of social science disciplines.
Release on 2013-06-01 | by Kathryn Edin,Timothy J. Nelson
Fatherhood in the Inner City
Author: Kathryn Edin,Timothy J. Nelson
Pubpsher: Univ of California Press
Category: Social Science
Across the political spectrum, unwed fatherhood is denounced as one of the leading social problems of today. Doing the Best I Can is a strikingly rich, paradigm-shifting look at fatherhood among inner-city men often dismissed as "deadbeat dads." Kathryn Edin and Timothy J. Nelson examine how couples in challenging straits come together and get pregnant so quickly—without planning. The authors chronicle the high hopes for forging lasting family bonds that pregnancy inspires, and pinpoint the fatal flaws that often lead to the relationship’s demise. They offer keen insight into a radical redefinition of family life where the father-child bond is central and parental ties are peripheral. Drawing on years of fieldwork, Doing the Best I Can shows how mammoth economic and cultural changes have transformed the meaning of fatherhood among the urban poor. Intimate interviews with more than 100 fathers make real the significant obstacles faced by low-income men at every step in the familial process: from the difficulties of romantic relationships, to decision-making dilemmas at conception, to the often celebratory moment of birth, and finally to the hardships that accompany the early years of the child's life, and beyond.
How to be a good father? Children’s birthday parties, unsuccessful family holidays, humiliating antenatal music classes: the trials of parenthood are all found in Knausgaard’s compelling and honest account of family life. Contrasting moments of enormous love and tenderness towards his children with the boring struggles of domesticity, this is one father’s personal experience, and somehow, every father’s too. Selected from the book A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human Also in the Vintage Minis series: Desire by Haruki Murakami Babies by Anne Enright Eating by Nigella Lawson Language by Xiaolu Guo