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Published: 11 December 1997

304 Pages

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195119091

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Family Man

Fatherhood, Housework, and Gender Equity

Scott Coltrane

In Family Man, sociologist Scott Coltrane brings a wealth of compelling evidence to the debate over the American family. Drawing on his own extensive research and many fascinating interviews, Coltrane explores many of the common myths about shared parenting, provides firsthand 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. 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.
Family Man succeeds brilliantly in bringing clarity, perspective, and above all hope to a discussion that is too often shrill, chaotic, and beset with the rhetoric of nostalgia. It shows us not only exactly where the family is today, but where it has been and what it may become.

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