Fatherhood is in transition and being challenged by often contradictory forces: societal mandates to be both an active father and provider, men’s own wish to be more involved with their children, and the institutional arrangements in which fathers work and live. This book explores these phenomena in the context of cross-national policies and their relation to the daily childcare practices of fathers. It presents the current state of knowledge on father involvement with young children in six countries from different welfare state regimes with unique policies related to parenting in general and fathers in particular: Finland, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, the UK and the USA.
Marina A. Adler is Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA. Her research involves cross-national gender, work and family intersections, inequality (race, class, gender) and social policy, and social change.
Karl Lenz is Professor and Chair of Micro-Sociology and Vice-Rector for University Planning at Dresden University of Technology, Germany. His research focuses on the sociology of personal relationships, sociology of gender, and the life course.
Introduction ~ Marina A. Adler, Karl Lenz;
Father involvement with young children in contemporary Finland~ Jouko Huttunen and Petteri Eerola;
Father involvement with young children in contemporary Germany ~ Marina A. Adler, Karl Lenz, Yve Stöbel-Richter;
Father involvement with young children in contemporary Italy ~ Elisabetta Ruspini and Maria Letizia Tanturri;
Father involvement with young children in contemporary Slovenia ~ Nada Stropnik and Živa Humer;
Father involvement with young children in the contemporary United Kingdom ~ Margaret O’Brien, Sara Connolly, Svetlana Speight, Matthew Aldrich, and Eloise Poole;
Father involvement with young children in the contemporary United States ~ Marina A. Adler;
Comparative father involvement: The dynamics of gender culture, policy, and practice ~ Marina A. Adler and Karl Lenz.
"Marina Adler, Karl Lenz and their colleagues paint a detailed picture of fathers' involvement in child rearing in six countries. This volume represents a valuable addition to the cross-national scholarship on work and family, and helps us to gauge how masculinity is evolving in culture, policy and practice." Jerry Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania, USA