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ERIC Number: EJ1023141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
"New Fatherhood" and the Politics of Dependency
Shuffelton, Amy
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v48 n2 p216-230 May 2014
Although "new fatherhood" promises a reconstruction of the domesticity paradigm that positions fathers as breadwinners and mothers as caretakers, it maintains the notion that families are self-supporting entities and thereby neglects the extensive interdependence involved in raising children. As a result, it cannot successfully overturn this paradigm and hampers our ability to reimagine relationships along lines that would better serve parents' and children's wellbeing. This article raises these issues through an exploration of "daddy-daughter dances", which manifest new fatherhood discourse as expressed in public schooling. Although the dances are in some ways peculiarly American, they exemplify tensions and inconsistencies around father's involvement in child-raising that nag most contemporary Western societies. These tensions, the article contends, concern the distribution of public resources among families as well as within them. Drawing on Kittay's theorization of dependence and interdependence, the article argues that contemporary social reconfigurations demand a new reimagination of relationships that starts with the recognition of interdependencies.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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