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Modernization of Fatherhood A Social and Political History

ISBN-10: 0226469042
ISBN-13: 9780226469041
Edition: N/A
Authors: Ralph LaRossa
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/15/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

The period between World War I and World War II was an important time in the history of gender relations, and of American fatherhood. Revealing the surprising extent to which some of yesterday's fathers were involved with their children, The Modernization of Fatherhood recounts how fatherhood was reshaped during the Machine Age into the configuration we know today. LaRossa explains that during the interwar period the image of the father as economic provider, pal, and male role model, all in one, became institutionalized. Using personal letters and popular magazine and newspaper sources, he explores how the social and economic conditions of the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression--a period of technical innovation as well as economic hardship--fused these expectations into a cultural ideal. With chapters on the U.S. Children's Bureau, the fathercraft movement, the magazine industry and the development of Parent's Magazine, and the creation of Father's Day, this book is a major addition to the growing literature on masculinity and fatherhood.

Prologue: 1932
The Modernization of Fatherhood
The Historical Roots of Standard North American Fatherhood
Fatherhood and the Baby Doctors
Men and Infants
Fathercraft
Fatherhood and the Popular Press
"Dear Mr. Patri"
"Honor Thy Father"
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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