Across the political spectrum, unwed fatherhood is denounced as one of the leading social problems of today. Doing the Best I Can is a strikingly rich, paradigm-shifting look at fatherhood among inner-city men often dismissed as qdeadbeat dads.q Kathryn Edin and Timothy J. Nelson examine how couples in challenging straits come together and get pregnant so quicklyawithout planning. The authors chronicle the high hopes for forging lasting family bonds that pregnancy inspires, and pinpoint the fatal flaws that often lead to the relationshipas demise. They offer keen insight into a radical redefinition of family life where the father-child bond is central and parental ties are peripheral. Drawing on years of fieldwork, Doing the Best I Can shows how mammoth economic and cultural changes have transformed the meaning of fatherhood among the urban poor. Intimate interviews with more than 100 fathers make real the significant obstacles faced by low-income men at every step in the familial process: from the difficulties of romantic relationships, to decision-making dilemmas at conception, to the often celebratory moment of birth, and finally to the hardships that accompany the early years of the child's life, and beyond.Doing the Best I Can is a strikingly rich, paradigm-shifting look at fatherhood among inner-city men often dismissed as adeadbeat dads.a Kathryn Edin and Timothy J. Nelson examine how couples in challenging straits come together and get ...
|Title||:||Doing the Best I Can|
|Author||:||Kathryn Edin, Timothy J. Nelson|
|Publisher||:||Univ of California Press - 2013-06-01|