Fathers in Cultural Context

ISBN-10: 1848729480
ISBN-13: 9781848729483
Edition: 2013
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Description: This new volume reviews the latest research on fathering from every continent, from cultures representing over 50% of the world’s population. International experts on 14 societies/regions discuss cultural and historical influences, variations  More...

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List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

This new volume reviews the latest research on fathering from every continent, from cultures representing over 50% of the world’s population. International experts on 14 societies/regions discuss cultural and historical influences, variations between and within cultures, and socio economic conditions and policies that impact fathering. Contributors from several disciplines provide thought-provoking reviews of the empirical data to help us gain an understanding of fathering worldwide. Over 1,000 studies on fathering published in languages other than English are made accessible to readers around the world. The cultures were selected based on availability of substantial research on fathering; representation of worldwide geography; a balance between large, middle, and small populations; and significance for a global understanding of fathering.  Each chapter features personal case stories, photos, and maps to help readers create an engaging picture for each culture. Empirical evidence is blended with the authors’ expert opinions providing a comprehensive view of what it is like to be a father in each culture. The book opens by explaining theoretical and methodological underpinnings of research on fathers. The main chapters are then organized by world regions—Asia and the Middle East, Africa, North and South America, Europe, and Australia. The conclusions chapter integrates and compares all the chapters, and makes suggestions for future research. Every chapter follows the same structure, making it easy for readers to compare fathers between cultures:• Opening case story of one father’s life • Cultural/historical background and influences on fathers • Comprehensive review of research on fathering in that culture • Sub-cultural variations in fathering • Social/economic conditions and policies that impact fathering: divorce, never-married fathers, immigration and migration, and economic disparities  • Government policies and laws relevant to fathering• Comparisons with fathers in other societies    • Summary highlighting the most pertinent information presented in the chapter  This thought-provoking anthology is an ideal reader for graduate or advanced undergraduate courses on child development, fathering, or family processes taught in family studies, psychology, sociology, anthropology, education, and gender/women’s studies, and ethnic studies departments. Practitioners, educators, policymakers, and researchers interested in the study of father involvement will also appreciate this book.

DAVID SHWALB is Associate Professor of International Studies at Koryo Women's College, Nagoya. He received his BA from Oberlin College and an MA and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan. He was an exchange student at Waseda University, a Monbusho English Fellow in Hiroshima, and a Fulbright Dissertation Fellow at Tokyo University. His research on school and family socialization has included projects on fathering, abacus juku education, tatemae/honne (social cognition), cooperation/competition, and temperament. BARBARA SHWALB is Associate Professor at Nagoya Shoka University. She received her BS, MA, and MAT degrees from Southeast Missouri State University. Her Ph.D. in Education and Psychology is from the University of Michigan. At Michigan she was a research associate with the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. She was a public school teacher for 5 years, and served as a Monbusho Research Fellow at Tokyo University. Her research combines cognitive psychological frameworks and statistical methods to integrate individual, group, and cultural learning issues. The Shwalbs have five children.

List of Figures and Tables
List of Contributors
Fathers in Chinese Culture: From Stern Disciplinarians to Involved Parents
Fathering in Japan: Entering an Era of Involvement with Children
The Father's Role in the Indian Family: A Story That Must Be Told
Fathers in Muslim Families in Bangladesh and Malaysia
The Father's Role in the Arab World: Cultural Perspectives
Fathering in Central and East Africa: Cultural and Adaptationist Perspectives in Small-Scale Societies
The Complications of Fathering in Southern Africa: Separation, Uncertainty, and Multiple Responsibilities
Fathers in Caribbean Cultural Communities
Fathering in Brazil: A Diverse and Unknown Reality
Fathers in the U.S
Men on the Margins of Family Life: Fathers in Russia
Fatherhood and Social Policy in Scandinavia
Fatherhood and Fathering Research in the UK: Cultural Change and Diversity
Fathers in Australia: A Contemporary Snapshot
Final Thoughts, Comparisons, and Conclusions
Author Index
Subject Index

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