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Doing the Best I Can : Fatherhood in the Inner City.

Author/Creator:
Edin, Kathryn.
Publication:
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2013.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (265 pages)
Edition:
1st ed.
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Subjects:
Fatherhood -- United States.
Poor children -- United States.
Single fathers -- United States.
Unmarried fathers -- United States.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
Across the political spectrum, unwed fatherhood is denounced as one of the leading social problems of today. Doing the Best I Can is a strikingly rich, paradigm-shifting look at fatherhood among inner-city men often dismissed as "deadbeat dads." Kathryn Edin and Timothy J. Nelson examine how couples in challenging straits come together and get pregnant so quickly--without planning. The authors chronicle the high hopes for forging lasting family bonds that pregnancy inspires, and pinpoint the fatal flaws that often lead to the relationship's demise. They offer keen insight into a radical redefinition of family life where the father-child bond is central and parental ties are peripheral. Drawing on years of fieldwork, Doing the Best I Can shows how mammoth economic and cultural changes have transformed the meaning of fatherhood among the urban poor. Intimate interviews with more than 100 fathers make real the significant obstacles faced by low-income men at every step in the familial process: from the difficulties of romantic relationships, to decision-making dilemmas at conception, to the often celebratory moment of birth, and finally to the hardships that accompany the early years of the child's life, and beyond.
Contents:
Intro
Title
Copyright
Dedication
Content
Acknowledgments
Photographs
Introduction
1. One Thing Leads to Another
2. Thank You, Jesus
3. The Stupid Shit
4. Ward Cleaver
5. Sesame Street Mornings
6. Fight or Flight
7. Try, Try Again
8. The New Package Deal
Appendix
Notes
References
Index.
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Local notes:
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Contributor:
Nelson, Timothy J.
Other format:
Print version: Edin, Kathryn Doing the Best I Can
ISBN:
9780520955134
9780520274068
OCLC:
829905915