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Superdads

How Fathers Balance Work And Family In The 21st Century

By Gayle Kaufman

“Look!  There in the playground -- with the stroller and diaper bag! It's Superdad! Yes, it's Superdad—the most involved fathers in American history.  And with this careful, compassionate and also critical group portrait, Gayle Kaufman has finally told their story.  If you think men aren't changing—or if you think they somehow get neutered if they are changing—you need to read this book.”—Michael Kimmel, author of Guyland 
 
In an age when fathers are spending more time with their children than at any other point in the past, men are also facing unprecedented levels of work-family conflict. How do fathers balance their two most important roles—that of father and that of worker? In Superdads, Gayle Kaufman captures the real voices of fathers themselves as they talk about their struggles with balancing work and family life.
 
Through in-depth interviews with a diverse group of men, Kaufman introduces the concept of “superdads”, a group of fathers who stand out by making significant changes to their work lives in order to accommodate their families. They are nothing like their fathers, “old dads” who focus on their traditional role as breadwinner, or even some of their peers, so-called “new dads” who work around the increasing demands of their paternal roles without really bucking the system.  In taking their family life in a completely new direction, these superdads challenge the way we think about long-held assumptions about men’s role in the family unit.
 
Thought-provoking and heartfelt, Superdads provides an overview of an emerging trend in fatherhood and the policy solutions that may help support its growth, pointing the way toward a future society with a more feasible approach to the work-family divide.
 
Gayle Kaufman is Professor of Sociology at Davidson College in North Carolina. 

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Format: Book
Author: Kaufman, Gayle
Summary: In an age when fathers are spending more time with their children than at any other point in the past, men are also facing unprecedented levels of work-family conflict. How do fathers balance their two most important roles, that of father and that of worker? In this book the author captures the real voices of fathers themselves as they talk about their struggles with balancing work and family life. Through in-depth interviews with a diverse group of men, she introduces the concept of "superdads", a group of fathers who stand out by making significant changes to their work lives in order to accommodate their families. They are nothing like their fathers, "old dads" who focus on their traditional role as breadwinner, or even some of their peers, so-called "new dads" who work around the increasing demands of their paternal roles without really bucking the system. In taking their family life in a completely new direction, these superdads challenge the way we think about long-held assumptions about men's role in the family unit. This book provides an overview of an emerging trend in fatherhood and the policy solutions that may help support its growth, pointing the way toward a future society with a more feasible approach to the work-family divide. -- From publisher website.
Title: Superdads : how fathers balance work and family in the 21st century / Gayle Kaufman.
Publisher Date: New York : New York University Press, [2013]
Subject: Fathers. Fatherhood. Work and family. Work-life balance.
Isbn: 9780814749166 (pbk : alk. paper) 081474916X (pbk : alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Author: Kaufman, Gayle.
Summary: In an age when fathers are spending more time with their children than at any other point in the past, men are also facing unprecedented levels of work-family conflict. How do fathers balance their two most important roles, that of father and that of worker? In this book the author captures the real voices of fathers themselves as they talk about their struggles with balancing work and family life. Through in-depth interviews with a diverse group of men, she introduces the concept of "superdads", a group of fathers who stand out by making significant changes to their work lives in order to accommodate their families. They are nothing like their fathers, "old dads" who focus on their traditional role as breadwinner, or even some of their peers, so-called "new dads" who work around the increasing demands of their paternal roles without really bucking the system. In taking their family life in a completely new direction, these superdads challenge the way we think about long-held assumptions about men's role in the family unit. This book provides an overview of an emerging trend in fatherhood and the policy solutions that may help support its growth, pointing the way toward a future society with a more feasible approach to the work-family divide. -- From publisher website.
Title: Superdads : how fathers balance work and family in the 21st century / Gayle Kaufman.
Publisher, Date: New York : New York University Press, [2013]
Description: x, 264 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Subjects: Fathers.
Subjects: Fatherhood.
Subjects: Work and family.
Subjects: Work-life balance.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-257) and index.
Contents: More dads at the bus stop -- Becoming a father -- Work-family dilemmas -- "Old" dads -- "New" dads and partial solutions -- Superdads -- Single superdads -- Studying fathers.
LCCN: 2012049434
ISBN: 9780814749166 (pbk : alk. paper)
ISBN: 081474916X (pbk : alk. paper)
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Call Number: 306.8742 Kau