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Fatherless America

Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem

Paperback: 336 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.78 x 8.01 x 5.28

Publisher: Perennial; (February 1996)

ISBN: 006092683X

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From Publishers Weekly
"The most urgent domestic challenge facing the United States...is the re-creation of fatherhood as a vital social role for men," says Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values, a private New York City research organization. His compelling presentation of the "culture of fatherlessness" describes more than the physical absence of a father from the family; what is most troubling, he maintains, is the growing belief that fatherhood is an unnecessary function. The author examines various demographics of fatherlessness and presents his recommendations for rediscovering the goal of "a father for every child," cautioning that unless the trend of fatherlessness is reversed, the "decline of child well-being and the spread of male violence" will not be arrested. Although this and others of his conclusions are arguable, Blankenhorn provides much worthy fodder for debate.

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From Library Journal
Fatherlessness has been a hot-button issue since 1992, when Vice President Dan Quayle lambasted TV's Murphy Brown for "mocking the importance of fathers." This book sets the tone for further debate on the issue. Blankenhorn, chair of the National Fatherhood Initiative and founder/president of the Institute for American Values, criticizes the growth in the number of fatherless families and the development of a culture of fatherlessness. Detailing how the social role of fathers has been diminished and devalued, he theorizes that devalued fatherhood has led to higher incidences of crime, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, and child poverty. He then critiques eight predominant father roles in contemporary American society. Blankenhorn calls for a revival of the "good family man," offering 12 proposals to reinvigorate the role of fatherhood. Copius notes append the text. A valuable resource for social planners and the general public.
Michael A. Lutes, Univ. of Notre Dame Lib., Ind.
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From Amazon Booklist
About 40 percent of children grow up without fathers, making the subject a lively one in the professional journals on the family. In his critical survey of this discourse, and its spillage into the popular women's magazines and movies, Blankenhorn considers and disputes the rationales put forth in favor of or as explanation for single motherhood. On economic grounds alone, the phenomenon is an obvious social disaster, yet the notion of father-as-primary-breadwinner, the pros declare, is pass{}e and not that intrinsically important. Far better to crack down on deadbeat dads or play up roles of ersatz fatherhood: the stepfather, the live-in boyfriend, or the divorced man who restores his relations with his children, {}a la the movie Mrs. Doubtfire. Blankenhorn avers that none of these solutions, including wringing out the alimony from slackers, adequately supplies the meaningful, day-to-day, monetary and emotional sustenance children need. Because the gender role of father is a single, multifaceted package, it cannot be replaced by the amicable divorce or the single mother, however heroic. Traditionalist in tenor but au courant of alternative models of fatherhood, this clearly written call to stop the rot and proposals for doing so should be widely heard, as seems likely, for the author is a "usual suspect" on the issue for quotation-hunting newspaper reporters. Gilbert Taylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description
A compelling and controversial exploration of absentee fathers and their impact on the nation.

Ingram
Author David Blankenhorn explores and decries the social consequences for a nation where fathers sometimes seem to be on the brink of extinction, either through devaluation or willful abandonment of responsibility.

Excerpted from Fatherless America : Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem by David Blankenhorn. Copyright 1996. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved

The Diminishment of American Fatherhood

A Michigan high school senior, Kara Hewes, enters a crowded conference room to face cameras and reporters. She is about to make a public appeal to her seventy-three-year-old father. She asks him to admit his paternity. "I'd just like him to be a father," she says. "I want very much to develop a relationship with him." Her biological father, identified through a reliable blood test, is Bruce Sundlun, World War II Air Force captain, Harvard Law School graduate, and second-term governor of Rhode Island.

Kara Hewes gets her wish. Shortly after the press conference in June 1993, Sundlun acknowledges his paternity and agrees to pay Kara's college tuition. She withdraws her paternity suit. Father and daughter dine together in the governor's mansion, and he invites her to visit him and his other children at his Newport estate.

The governor's supporters are confident that the publicity will not damage his political career. After all, this is a complicated case. The thrice-divorced governor was single at the time he fathered Kara. He had already paid $30,000 to Kara's mother to settle an earlier suit, and Kara had been adopted by her stepfather, who later vanished. Another important point in Sundlun's favor, say his supporters, is that the governor has always been forthcoming about his personal life. "His frankness and candidness with the people of this state deserve a great deal of respect," says Julius Michaelson, a friend and former Rhode Island state attorney general.

As for the governor, he is reluctant to dwell on the past: "I think the important thing is not to look back," he later tells reporters in a joint press conference with his daughter. "We're here to look forward and try to create a relationship. You can't wave a magic wand and have a storybook life."

Governor Sundlun's unstorybook story, though a bit more public than most, has become increasingly common. It is a story unfolding in countless courtrooms, lawyers' suites, and welfare offices across the nation. Like the governor, more and more men are fathering children outside of marriage. More and more men are failing to support or even acknowledge their children. More and more men are simply vanishing from their children's lives.

Kara Hewes's story is also familiar. A growing number of American children have no relationship with their fathers. Court and school officials report that many children do not even know what to put in the "Father's Name" blank on printed forms. An even larger proportion of children have only the slightest acquaintance with their fathers. In its 1991 survey of children in the United States, the National Commission on Children described the spreading phenomenon of father-child relationships that "are frequently tenuous and all too often nonexistent."

Fathers are vanishing legally as well as physically. About one-third of all childbirths in the nation now occur outside of marriage. In most of these cases, the place for the father's name on the birth certificate is simply left blank. In at least two of every three cases of unwed parenthood, the father is never legally identified.6 Not surprisingly, paternity suits are on the rise.

When Governor Sundlun says that we "can't wave a magic wand and have a storybook life," he implies that the storybooks may be unrealistic. The governor need not worry: Even storybooks for children now reflect his kind of fatherhood. "There are different kinds of daddies," one book for preschoolers states, and "sometimes a Daddy goes away like yours did. He may not see his children at all." Another children's book is equally candid: "Some kids know both their mom and dad, and some kids don't." One child in this book says: "I never met my dad, but I know that he lives in a big city." Another says: "I'll bet my dad is really big and strong."

So Kara Hewes and Governor Sundlun are, after all, something of a storybook story. It is one we all know. It is becoming our society's story. We see it everywhere around us. We tell it to our children. It is the story of an increasingly fatherless society. The moral of this new narrative is that fathers, at bottom, are unnecessary. The action of the story centers on what can be best understood as the fragmentation of fatherhood.

Imagine something big, made out of glass, called fatherhood. First imagine it slowly shrinking. Then imagine it suddenly shattering into pieces. Now look around. Try to identify the shards. Over here is marriage. Over there is procreation. Over here, manhood. Over there, parenthood. Here, rights. There, responsibilities. In this direction, what's best for me. In that direction, what's best for my child.

Off to one side, looking nervous, is an emaciated fellow we must now call a biological father, filling out forms and agreeing to mail in child-support payments. Off to the other side is some guy the experts now call a social father, wondering what to do next and whether he wants to do it. In the middle, poking through the rubble and deciding when to leave, are mothers and children. There is much anger and much talk of "rights." People are phoning their lawyers. People are making excuses. People are exclaiming at how complicated things have become.

Indeed, as fatherhood fragments, things do become complicated. Culturally, the story of fatherhood becomes harder to figure out. For, as we witness the collapse of fatherhood as a social role for men, we become confused and divided about the very nature and meaning of fatherhood.

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