By (author) Nancy E. Dowd
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Redefining Fatherhood by Nancy E. Dowd
Book DescriptionMost fathers parent less than most mothers. Those fathers who do parent equally or more so than mothers are poorly supported by our society. For children this means a loss of adult care, as well as an ongoing and sharply defined differentiation between fathers and mothers. Fathers are not present in children's lives to a significant degree, if at all, or when they are present, they are often rendered socially invisible. For many men, their parenthood is defined as biological or economic, while a minority of men struggle against the presumption that they are not caregivers. In Redefining Fatherhood, Nancy Dowd argues that this skewed social pattern is mirrored and supported by law. Dowd makes the case for reenvisioning fatherhood away from genes and dollars, and toward nurture. Integrating economic, social and legal aspects of fathering, she makes the case for focusing on social, nurturing behavior as the core meaning of fatherhood. In this nuanced and complex analysis, she explores the barriers to redefinition, including concepts of masculinity, the interconnections between fathers and mothers, male violence and homophobia. Redefining Fatherhood offers a progressive view on how men, and society at large, can change understandings and practices of fatherhood.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814719251
(5830mm x 3895mm x 24mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Nancy E. Dowd
Justice for Kids, Paperback (December 2012)
Focuses on ways to intervene at the earliest possible point to rehabilitate and redirect
Man Question, Hardback (September 2010)
Exhorts readers to apply the anti-essentialist modeloso dominant in feminist jurisprudenceoto the study of masculinities
Handbook of Children, Culture and Violence, Hardback (February 2006)» View all books by Nancy E. Dowd
Provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of childhood violence for students, scholars, and policymakers. It incorporates perspectives from across disciplinary bounds and examines children as consumers and perpetrators of violence, and victims, for the broadest possible view on the impact of a culture of violence in children's lives.
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Author Biography - Nancy E. Dowd
Nancy E. Dowd is Director of the Center for Children and Families at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law and holds the David H. Levin Chair in Family Law. She is the author of several books, including Redefining Fatherhood (NYU Press).
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