The Father's Role: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

The Father's Role: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

The Father's Role: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

The Father's Role: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

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Little more than a decade ago, I wrote that fathers were "forgotten contributors to child development" so far as empirical research by psychologists was concerned. In the intervening years, happily, the situation has changed dramatically. The study of paternal influences has become quite popular, and we have made substantial strides in our understanding of them.

Most recently, psychologists have come to realize that fathers play multiple roles in the family, and that one needs to consider them all even when concerned narrowly about paternal effects on young children. This has promoted a laudable increase in multidisciplinary and multicultural approaches to the study of the family in general and fatherhood in particular. The many roles that fathers play within the family are socially defined and thus surely vary in subtle or substantial ways from society to society. Unfortunately, most researchers are familiar only with the research conducted in their own cultures. Even though most research continues to be conducted in the United States, we show in this volume that considerable research has been conducted in other countries, where interest in the father's roles is growing.

Because many of the studies conducted outside the United States are published in foreign journals and often in foreign languages, the volume represents the first opportunity for most American social scientists to become familiar with research conducted in several other cultures. These summaries are important in their own right, as portraits of fatherhood in 12 non-American cultures, as well as for the light they may cast on the association between culture and paternity more generally. Each author provides a brief introduction to the cultural context within which and by which the father's roles are defined; hence, the varying associations between context and fatherhood are emphasized. As a result, the . . .

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