ERIC Number: ED471926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Fatherwork in the Crossfire: Chicano Teen Fathers Struggling To "Take Care of Business." JSRI Working Paper.
This paper explores the fatherhood experiences of young Chicanos from the perspective of a social insider, from the same ethnic background and neighborhood. This vantage point places the issue of teenage fatherhood for Chicanos within the context of contemporary urban culture as well as within the structural challenges that many minority and poor youth face in our shifting economy. The study draws on a conceptual framework called "generative fathering" or "fatherwork"--the work that most men do to meet the needs of their children and the next generation. Extensive, in-depth interviews were carried out with seven Chicano teen fathers, or Chicanos who had fathered children in their teens, who were known to be actively involved with their children, as well as with a few teen mothers, other family members, and youth advocates knowledgeable about the issues. Four major themes emerged during interviews: (1) masculinity and fathering in spite of the bad example of one's own father; (2) taking responsibility for one's obligations, and the ways that sense of responsibility was conveyed to young men by strong mothers and grandmothers; (3) competing interests between families and children; and (4) creative strategies of exploiting local resources to provide for families ("hustling"). (Contains 67 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Aspiration, Child Rearing, Cultural Influences, Disadvantaged Youth, Early Parenthood, Family Influence, Family Relationship, Father Attitudes, Fathers, Hispanic American Culture, Juvenile Gangs, Late Adolescents, Masculinity, Mexican Americans, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Responsibility, Parent Role, Poverty, Qualitative Research, Urban Youth
For full text: http://www.jsri.msu.edu/RandS/research/wps/wp58pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Julian Samora Research Inst.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan