Crisis in America: Father Absence

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Nova Science Publishers, Jan 1, 1998 - Social Science - 132 pages
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Violence -- Senseless violence. Gangs, Rape. Crime. Murder. Substance abuse. Denigration of women. Racism. No conscience. No remorse. Reckless promiscuity. Irresponsibility. Divorce and single parenting. Babies having babies. Abortion as birth control. Dependence on government as a way of life. Rebellion. Hatred of authority and authority figures. An educational system in crisis. Victim mentality. The loss of religion and spirituality. Polarisation. What does this describe? Unfortunately, the behaviours and attitudes of an ever-growing segment of America's youth. Why? How did this happen? Many blame the dissolution of family. But that's incorrect. The dissolution of family is most certainly a tragedy; however, it is merely a symptom, not a cause. The cause is the loss of paternal function. But what is a father? What is the paternal function? Why do we need fathers? How did we lose our fathers? And most importantly, how do we get them back? This seminal book addresses these and other crucial issues of our times.

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Dr. Frank Ancona is an Associate Professor at the Sussex County Community College, where he teaches Mythology and is the coordinator of the English and Honors program.

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