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Introduction

Brid Featherstone

in Contemporary fathering

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9781861349880
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301974 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349880.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter offers some preliminary observations on the practice and policy context of fathers, fatherhood, and fathering, and sketches out the key elements of the feminist perspective informing the book. It begins by highlighting key political developments to signpost some of the themes the book's themes. The chapter then sets out the main purposes of the book, which are: to trace the emergence of ways of thinking about fathers in different disciplines; to bring together in one book voices from disciplines that do not always speak to one another; to identify the opportunities and dangers posed by policy and practice developments and debates; to identify some of the learning by the author which has emerged over the last decade of evaluating services seeking to include fathers; and to reflect throughout on the insights that feminist and pro-feminist perspectives can bring to our understandings and practices. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: fathers; fatherhood; fathering; gender relations; feminist perspectives

Chapter.  6720 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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