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It's a Setup: Fathering from the Social and Economic Margins

Timothy Black and Sky Keyes


The norms and expectations of father involvement have changed rapidly within one to two generations. Socially and economically marginalized fathers are being exposed to these messages through popular culture and the media; in state welfare, child protection, and probation offices; in jails, prisons, and post-release programs; and in child support and family courts. Moreover, they are being told that it is up to them to make better choices, to get themselves together, and to be involved fathers. Based on life history interviews with 138 low-income fathers, Black and Keyes show that fathers have ... More

Keywords: fatherhood, race, social class, gender, inequality, poverty, child support, incarceration, public housing, social welfare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190062217
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190062217.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Black, author
Associate Professor of Sociology, Case Western Reserve University

Sky Keyes, author
Case Manager, Homeless Prenatal Program

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