The American Father: Biocultural and Developmental Aspects

Hardcover | September 30, 1996

byWade C. Mackey

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Wade C. Mackey examines the biocultural character of fathering with a special focus on the American father. This study draws on empirical data from a cross-cultural study of over 59,000 father-child groupings from 23 countries, illuminating the societal importance of the paternal bond and its roots in male physiology. Mackey surveyes directly about their views on fatherhood and validates the value of a father to his children, the value of his children to him, and the hypothesis that the 'father' is a father and not a 'mother-surrogate.'

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Wade C. Mackey examines the biocultural character of fathering with a special focus on the American father. This study draws on empirical data from a cross-cultural study of over 59,000 father-child groupings from 23 countries, illuminating the societal importance of the paternal bond and its roots in male physiology. Mackey su...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:278 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.27 inPublished:September 30, 1996Publisher:Springer US

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ISBN - 10:0306453371

ISBN - 13:9780306453373

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The Abrading of the U.S. Fathers. Rationales for Entering into the U.S. Fathering Role: Men's Divulgences, Women's Perceptions. Looking for a Man to Child Bond: Setting Up the Fieldwork. Results of the Fieldwork: The Joys and Tedium of Promiscuous Empiricism. Those Two Filters Once Again: Tabula Rasa or Biocultural Paradigm? `Father': Perceptions until the 1970s. Father the Irrelevant Becomes Father the Underachieving. Fathers in the 1990s: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. U.S. Fathering: In Search of a Benchmark. Fathering in the Breccia: On the Banks of the Rubicon. Electra and Lady Macbeth. The U.S. Father: A Tragedy of the Commons? The Commons Will not Stay Fallow. Troglodyte or Semiconductor: Dad in the 21st Century. Index.