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What It Means to Be Daddy Fatherhood for Black Men Living Away from Their Children

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ISBN-10: 0231115555

ISBN-13: 9780231115551

Edition: 2001

Authors: Jennifer Hamer, Jennifer F. Hamer

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Absent fathers, the breakdown of the nuclear family, and single-mother households are often blamed for the poor quality of life experienced by many African American children. Jennifer F. Hamer challenges both the imposition of an inappropriate value system and the resulting ineffectual social policies. Most of what we know about fathers who do not live with their children is based on interviews with the mothers; this book is based on interviews with the fathers themselves. How do these fathers perceive their roles and responsibilities? This myth-shattering book challenges stereotypes of negotiating parenthood within the context of poverty, live-away status, and black American manhood. Hamer has collected the voices of eighty-eight men who participated in this study by first examining the macro or cultural elements that encompass men's daily lives. As part 1 explores these larger forces that define the social world of fathers, part 2 looks at what significant others expect of men as fathers and how they behave under these circumstances. Part 3 analyzes the particular parenting roles and functions of fathers, using narratives of individual men to tell their own stories. In this book, contemporary black live-away fathers talk about their goals, walk us through their workplaces, allow us to meet their families and children, and enable us to view the world of parenthood through their eyes.
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/18/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 8.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

What It Means to Be Daddy
Introduction: Fathers' Lives in Context
The World in Which Black Fathers Live
There's No Such Thing as a Good Black Father
Slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction
Times Are Just Going to Get Worse
Just Be There for the Baby
Black Men Can Do Better
Being Fathers
What Fathers Say They Do as Daddies
Live-Away, but Absent?
Ain't Nothing like Trying to Be a Father and Trying to Be a Man
Conclusion: Got to Make Fatherhood Work for Us