Family forms in the United States are continuing to evolve. Fathers choosing to stay home to care for their children while their wives work is an emerging trend. In this book, the author explores why stay-at-home fathers chose carework over paid work, how such a choice shapes their masculine identities and their fathering styles, and where they find themselves positioned in their communities. Scholars and students interested in families, gender, masculinity, and parenting will find this book informative and engaging for understanding diverse family arrangements.
About the Author
Catherine Richards Solomon is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Anthropology at Quinnipiac University, USA. She studies how individuals construct work and personal lives that make sense to them. Her work appears in Advances in Gender Research, Disrupting the Culture of Silence, Fathering, Gender, Work and Organization, Michigan Family Review, People at Work, and The Social Science Journal.
Table of Contents
1. The Landscape of Fatherhood and Stay-at-Home Fathering
2. How and Who: Information on the Study and the Men in this Book
3. "There is Hardness Sometimes": Masculine Identities and Emasculation
4. "Doing This Well is Honorable": The Meaning of Fathering
5. "Somewhere There is a Pillow with My Name on It": Housework Contributions
6. "A Daddy in a Mommy World": Social Networks and Community
7. Stay-at-Home Fathering: The Evolution of Fathering, Masculinity, and Family Life