Gender and Parenthood:

ISBN-10: 0231160690
ISBN-13: 9780231160698
Edition: 2012
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Description: The essays in this collection deploy biological and social scientific perspectives to evaluate the transformative experience of parenthood for today's women and men. It maps the similar and distinct roles mothers and fathers play in their children's  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
Binding: Paperback
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

The essays in this collection deploy biological and social scientific perspectives to evaluate the transformative experience of parenthood for today's women and men. It maps the similar and distinct roles mothers and fathers play in their children's lives, and it measures the effect of gendered parenting on child well-being, work and family arrangements, and the quality of couples' relationships. Contributors combine several disciplinary approaches and represent a range of ideological views. They describe what happens to brains and bodies when women become mothers and men become fathers; whether the stakes are the same or different for each sex; why, across history and cultures, women are typically more involved in childcare than men; why some fathers are strongly present in their children's lives while others are not; and how the various commitments men and women make to parenting shape their approaches to paid work and romantic relationships. Considering recent changes in men's and women's familial duties, the growing number of single-parent families, and the impassioned tenor of same-sex marriage debates, this book, which adds sound scientific and theoretical insight to these issues, is a standout resource for those interested in the social and biological causes and consequences of contemporary gendered parenthood.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
How and Why is Parenthood Gendered?
The Dynamic Nature of the Parental Brain
Family Life and Infant Care: Lessons from Cooperatively Breeding Primates
Human Parenting from an Evolutionary Perspective
Parenting � Gender � Culture � Time
Gender Differences and Similarities in Parental Behavior
Gender and Parenting Across the Family Life Cycle
Implications for Children, Couples, and Families
Essential Elements of the Caretaking Crucible
Gendered Parenting's Implications for Children's Well-Being: Theory and Research in Applied Perspective
Do Fathers Uniquely Matter for Adolescent Weil-Being?
No One Best Way. Work-Family Strategies, the Gendered Division of Parenting, and the Contemporary Marriages of Mothers and Fathers
The Effect of Gender-Based Parental Influences on Raising Children: The Impact on Couples' Relationships
Single Mothers Raising Children Without Fathers: Implications for Rearing Children with Male-Positive Attitudes
List of Contributors
Index

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