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|Additional Physical Format:||Print version:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
|Material Type:||Document, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Computer File|
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|Reproduction Notes:||Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL|
|Description:||1 online resource (x, 293 pages)|
|Details:||Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.|
|Contents:||Parenting in transition --
Separate spheres --
Changing patterns of family work --
Providing and caring --
Why do couples share? --
Explaining family work --
Gender, culture, and fatherhood --
In Family Man, sociologist Scott Coltrane brings a wealth of compelling evidence to this debate over the American family. Drawing on his own extensive research and many fascinating interviews, Coltrane explodes many of the common myths about shared parenting, provides first-hand accounts of men's and women's feelings in two-job families, and reveals some innovative solutions that couples have developed to balance job and family commitments. Readers will find an insightful discussion of precisely how and why family life has changed, what forms it may take in the future, and what new kinds of fathers may be on the horizon. The author firmly places these questions within a broad contextual framework. He provides, for instance, an illuminating history of the family that shows that, far from being a fixed structure, the family has always adapted to changing economic, social, and ideological pressures.
And by examining how families operate in a variety of non-industrial societies, he demonstrates that our own notions of gender-specific work and parenting roles are culturally rather than biologically determined, and thus inherently flexible. And indeed these roles are changing. While contemporary American women still perform the bulk of domestic tasks, Family Man gives us decisive evidence that men are becoming increasingly involved in both housework and childrearing. Coltrane argues convincingly that this trend will continue. Given the current economic situation - with two-job households now the norm - and the gradual ideological shift away from restrictive gender roles, more and more couples will find it both necessary and desirable to share the workload.
More important, Coltrane suggests that as fathers participate more fully in raising their children and performing traditionally female household tasks, men will themselves be transformed by the experience in profoundly positive ways and American society as a whole will move closer to true gender equity.
- Sex role.
- Sexos, Papel de los.
- Rôle selon le sexe.
- FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS -- Alternative Family.
- FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS -- Reference.
- Huishoudelijke arbeid.
- Recherche de paternité.