What It Means to Be Daddy: Fatherhood for Black Men Living Away from Their Children by Jennifer Hamer

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

byJennifer Hamer

Kobo ebook | April 18, 2001

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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.

Jennifer F. Hamer is assistant professor of sociology at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Title:What It Means to Be Daddy: Fatherhood for Black Men Living Away from Their ChildrenFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 18, 2001Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231505108

ISBN - 13:9780231505109

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Fathers lives in context
I. The World in which Fathers Live
One: There's no such thing as a Good Black Father: "Standard of Fatherhood"
Two: Slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction: Creating a Context for Live-Away Fatherhood
Three: "Times Are Just Going to Get Worse:" Fathers Chasing the American Dream
II: Expectations of Others
Four: "Just Be There For the Baby:" What Fathers Say Others Expect
Five: "Black Men Can Do Better:" What Mothers Say Fathers Do for Their Children
III: Live Away But Absent?
Six: What Fathers Say They Do as Daddies
Seven: Live-Away But Absent
Eight: "Ain't Nothing Like Trying to be a Father and Trying to be a Man:" Barriers to being Daddy
CONCLUSION: "Got to Make Fatherhood Work for us:" The Meaning of a Fatherhood for Black Men Who Do Not Live With Their Children

Editorial Reviews

Offers a healthy antidote to prevailing negative images of live-away fathers.... Makes a good case for assisting those whom society has failed.