Fatherless America. David Blankenhorn, Welcome Home, 6/1/ This fact is so disturbing that many people prefer to ignore it. Our public debate on the family . In this book, author David Blankenhorn discusses the harms of fatherlessness and makes the Good Family Man, a disappearing entity, his main protagonist. “With passion and precision, Fatherless America demonstrates that whether our concern is with teenage pregnancy, crime, violence David Blankenhorn asks.
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This chapter hit particularly close to home for me as my own stepfather has always been a stranger to me, we’ve never been close, I’ve tried, but the poor man just can’t be a father to children that are not his own.
Read, highlight, and take notes, blanjenhorn web, tablet, and phone. The Unnecessary Father-The “new idea” that American men are no longer a requirement in American families and for single mothers having a father for the kids is “important In a very calm tone, the author methodically cites study after study demonstrating statistically worse outcomes for children raised in fatherless homes, particularly those whose mothers are divorced, living with boyfriends, or who have chosen motherhood absent any father eavid all through artificial insemination, one-night-stands, single-parent adoption, etc.
Fatherless America is not only a review blankenhodn Fatherless America is one of the most important books I have read in years. Children do not need more nurturing, school curriculums, books and other media affirming their plight as children without parentage, teaching them that they have “many fathers,” or that some families don’t have fathers davix all, and telling them “they are all right,” and that it’s all okay.
Kristen rated it liked it Jul 01, I read this for a college course, and I absolutely loved it. He tries to maintain a relationship with his kids.
Fatherlessness has been a hot-button issue sincewhen Vice President Dan Quayle lambasted TV’s Murphy Brown for “mocking the importance of fathers. This character is versatile enough to play several different roles without losing his basic identity. At other times he appears in the guise of the New Father — an altogether more likeable guy.
What children really need is their fathers. As a result, we are simply changing our minds about the role of men in family life. Society has, incrementally and often imperceptibly, changed the idea of fatherhood, and in so doing has changed the very dynamic of our culture and society.
He shares equally in the responsibilities of domestic life. Aug 24, Jeff Mulitalo rated it liked it. Everybody dislikes him, and for good reason, but the central lesson he teaches is that fatherhood is mostly a matter of economics. Want fatherlesd Read saving…. Family structureFamilyFatherhood.
The traditional family cannot be completely untethered from gender roles, which is anathema to many scholars. It clashes harshly with a gender-neutral society. As a social role, fatherhood is reduced to the size of a wallet. The central character in today’s fatherhood script is a fellow whom we might call the Superfluous Father. Today we mostly hear it at funerals.
Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem – David Blankenhorn – Google Books
It is also losing the idea of fatherhood. Increasingly, our answer is “no,” or at least “not necessarily. FthenakisBeate Minsel Snippet fatherkess – Yet today, especially within elite culture, who hears the phrase?
Single mom’s only regret is that she had a relationship with him. HawkinsDavid Curtis Dollahite Snippet view – Marriage is an institution that has allowed for civilization to evolve; virtually every culture does it in some blanksnhorn or another. Indeed, his role has become less important than many of the anti-family male roles now prevalent in that script: This blind spot in social and academic research, I believe, causes so many well-intentioned and extremely intelligent people to miss the mark when it comes to child well-being and human thriving.
Other editions – View all Fatherless America: I think most Americans would agree the flight of fathers from their children is a bad thing. The Stepfather and The Nearby Guy-Blankenhorn should’ve also added “boyfriend” as that’s the life script so many American women are chosing today but it doesn’t matter, both men fail to fill the shoes of father figure-blood will always be thicker than water.
Davd time I hear of another couple with children breaking up, I can’t help but feel sorrow for the short-sighted decisions of one or two adults who are all too willing to disrupt their children’s well being for a lifetime because of their own wants and needs. We face a cultural loss, affecting every home.
At other times, our character appears in the guise of the Deadbeat Dad — the runaway father who refuses to mail in his child support payments. In fact, masculinity in particular has been singled out as something to avoid, to correct, and to expunge. No, we cannot relive an earlier era.
Fathers are increasingly seen as expendable – or as part of the problem.