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Package Deal: Marriage, Work And Fatherhood In Men'S Lives
In this important new work, Nicholas Townsend explores what men say about being fathers, and about what fatherhood means to them. He shows how men negotiate the prevailing cultural values about fatherhood, marriage, employment, and home ownership that he conceptualizes as a "package deal". Townsend identifies the conflicts and contradictions within the gendered expectation ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Temple University Press
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This book testifies to the cultural anthropology adage 'Our own culture is like water is to a fish. We don't notice it, unless we are out.' This book on men's perspective on fatherhood has some interesting observations about fatherhood, which I have found are relevant across cultures. When men's and women's lives are different, how can we advocate for equal parenting roles from both the genders on the basis of division of labour? What happens when we ask fathers what their role is in children's ...more