Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem

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BasicBooks, 1995 - Social Science - 328 pages
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"With passion and precision, Fatherless America demonstrates that whether our concern is with teenage pregnancy, crime, violence against women, educational failure, or child poverty, no social trend of our generation is more dangerous than fatherlessness. It weakens families, harms children, causes or aggravates our worst social problems, and makes individual adult happiness harder to achieve." "This explosive book goes beyond documenting the effects of fatherlessness on individual families to show how the very ideal of fatherhood is under siege - with devastating consequences for society at large. Fathers are increasingly seen as expendable - or as part of the problem. "Does every child need a father?" David Blankenhorn asks. "Increasingly, our answer is 'no,' or at least 'not necessarily.'""--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

The Diminishment of American Fatherhood
9
Fatherless Society
25
The Lost Idea
49
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Blankenhorn is founder and president of the Institute for American Values and has long been a key figure in the public debate on marriage and the family as well as a prominent leader in the fatherhood movement. He is the founder of the Council on Families in Ameria.

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