How Fathers Balance Work and Family in the 21st Century
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: NYU Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
ONE: Introduction: More Dads at the Bus Stop
A few days ago I was at the afternoon bus stop. The bus from the elementary school comes anytime between 3:50 and 4:05, dropping off somewhere around 15 children. What I noticed this day was that there were more fathers at the bus stop than mothers. This is not completely unusual for our block, but rather you could see it coming if you paid attention to the ups...
TWO: Becoming a Father
Today’s fathers are expected to do more than fathers in times past. Surely, fathers have had different responsibilities throughout history—moral teachers in the 17th and 18th century, economic providers in the 19th and 20th century—and to some extent these expectations remain.1 But today fathers are also expected to be there, present from day one. Of course, most...
THREE: Work-Family Dilemmas
A recurring theme when I talked to fathers was that they think of themselves as having two full-time jobs. It is obvious that being employed fulltime would count as a full-time job, but it is more unexpected that these fathers think of their role as father as being a full-time job. This harks back to Arlie Hochschild’s notion of the second shift,1 only this time it...
FOUR: “Old” Dads
Matt, a 46-year-old high school graduate, works as a delivery driver for a large company. He has been with the company for almost 30 years, delivering packages for about 20 years. He considers it to be a physically demanding job, but one that he enjoys as it allows him to meet and develop relationships with a lot of different people. But he works ...
FIVE: “New” Dads and Partial Solutions
While some fathers stick to a more traditional view of their role as father, most of the fathers I talked with see themselves as involved dads. They are not completely dismissive of their monetary contributions to their family, but they do not define themselves as breadwinners. With a continued sense of financial responsibility for their families and a desire to be highly involved...
While much of the previous research on fathers and employment finds that fathers work more hours than men without children do, supporting an emphasis on the breadwinner role, there is mounting evidence that the relationship between parenthood and work hours is not so simple.1 Some studies show that the effect of a first child on a father’s work hours has ...
SEVEN: Single Superdads
The number of single fathers is increasing at a fast rate. Much of the literature on single fathers focuses on nonresidential fathers.1 However, the growth of residential single fathers also deserves attention. In 1970, there were 400,000 single fathers, while in 2010, the number was up to 2.8 million. Just in the past decade, the number of single-father families has increased...
Twenty years after Arlie Hochschild proclaimed that there was a “stalled revolution” when it came to women’s rights and gender equality, Paula England spoke of an “uneven and stalled” revolution.2 Both suggest that the change in gender roles that has occurred has been asymmetrical. Women’s roles have changed dramatically, as they currently earn more college...
Appendix: Studying Fathers
About the Author
Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2013
OCLC Number: 861670924
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